Brook (?), n. [OE. brok, broke, brook, AS. broc; akin to D. broek, LG. brok, marshy ground, OHG. pruoh, G. bruch marsh; prob. fr. the root of E. break, so as that it signifies water breaking through the earth, a spring or brook, as well as a marsh. See Break, v. t.]

A natural stream of water smaller than a river or creek.

The Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water. Deut. viii. 7.

Empires itself, as doth an inland brook Into the main of waters. Shak.

 

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Brook, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Brooked (#); p. pr. & vb. n. Brooking.] [OE. broken, bruken, to use, enjoy, digest, AS. brcan; akin to D. gebruiken to use, OHG. prhhan, G. brauchen, gebrauchen, Icel. brka, Goth. brkjan, and L. frui, to enjoy. Cf. Fruit, Broker.]

1.

To use; to enjoy.

[Obs.]

Chaucer.

2.

To bear; to endure; to put up with; to tolerate; as, young men can not brook restraint.

Spenser.

Shall we, who could not brook one lord, Crouch to the wicked ten? Macaulay.

3.

To deserve; to earn.

[Obs.]

Sir J. Hawkins.

 

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