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brook2

[broo k]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to bear; suffer; tolerate: I will brook no interference.
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Origin of brook2

before 900; Middle English brouken, Old English brūcan; cognate with Dutch bruiken, German brauchen; akin to Gothic brukjan, Latin fruī to enjoy
Related formsbrook·a·ble, adjective

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take, stand, endure, abide, stomach.
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Examples from the Web for brooked

Historical Examples

  • He bent closer to his companion, and spoke with a fierce intensity that brooked no denial.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • It was a beneficent monarch, but it brooked no denial of its overlordship.

  • Ulysses brooked not this, nor even in such straits did the Ithacan forget himself.

  • The Texan spoke quietly, yet with an air of finality that brooked no argument.

    Prairie Flowers

    James B. Hendryx

  • "But you must," was the answer in a tone so firm and compelling that it brooked no denial.

    Mary Ware's Promised Land

    Annie Fellows Johnston


British Dictionary definitions for brooked

brook1

noun
  1. a natural freshwater stream smaller than a river
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Word Origin

Old English brōc; related to Old High German bruoh swamp, Dutch broek

brook2

verb
  1. (tr; usually used with a negative) to bear; tolerate
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Derived Formsbrookable, adjective

Word Origin

Old English brūcan; related to Gothic brūkjan to use, Old High German brūhhan, Latin fruī to enjoy

Brook

noun
  1. Peter (Paul Stephen). born 1925, British stage and film director, noted esp for his experimental work in the theatre
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Word Origin and History for brooked

brook

n.

"small stream," Old English broc "flowing stream, torrest," of obscure origin, probably from Proto-Germanic *broka- which yielded words in German (Bruch) and Dutch (broek) that have a sense of "marsh." In Sussex and Kent, it means "water-meadow," and in plural, "low, marshy ground."

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brook

v.

"to endure," Old English brucan "use, enjoy, possess; eat; cohabit with," from Proto-Germanic *bruk- "to make use of, enjoy" (cf. Old Saxon brukan, Old Frisian bruka, Old High German bruhhan, German brauchen "to use," Gothic brukjan), from PIE root *bhrug- "to make use of, have enjoyment of" (cf. Latin fructus). Sense of "use" applied to food led to "be able to digest," and by 16c. to "tolerate."

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