brook

noun
\ˈbru̇k \

Definition of brook 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: creek sense 1 a babbling brook

brook

verb
brooked; brooking; brooks

Definition of brook (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to stand for : tolerate he would brook no interference with his plans

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Examples of brook in a Sentence

Noun

there are tiny fish and frogs in that brook

Verb

I will not brook insults from my own employees.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The trail follows the north side of the brook and then goes deep into the Salmon River State Forest before hooking up with the old mill road near the falls. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "Hikers, Are You Up To The Challenge Of These 14 Trails?," 15 May 2018 The project might also entail building a boardwalk in the vicinity of the brook to connect the new ecological features with the park’s recreational uses, according to Lela Shepherd, Arlington’s environmental planner/conservation agent. John Laidler, BostonGlobe.com, "Arlington receives state grant to ease chronic flooding," 28 June 2018 Noisli can simulate the sound of a café or a babbling brook. David Pierce, WSJ, "Your Open Office Is Too Loud—Here’s How to Escape and Work Anywhere," 3 June 2018 For added concentration, try one of Spotify’s white-noise playlists, or apps like Coffitivity or Noisli, which simulate among other things bustling coffee shops and babbling brooks. David Pierce, WSJ, "Your Open Office Is Too Loud—Here’s How to Escape and Work Anywhere," 3 June 2018 The program features compositions by Debussy, Pierne, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Saint-Sean, and Rachmaninov, inspired by storm, babbling brook, the Hebrides sea cave, boat, barque (and barcarolle), and an aquarium. Robert Knox, BostonGlobe.com, "Play in Marshfield tells story of a kitchen legend," 25 May 2018 There are those who drift off by instructing their Amazon Alexa or Google Home to play recordings of babbling brooks and cicadas. Stephanie Rosenbloom, New York Times, "Tools for Sleeping Well While Traveling," 30 Mar. 2018 John Peixinho: What really attracted me was the wonderful location in Middletown, with a brook, old stone walls, and two beaches nearby. Douglas Brenner, House Beautiful, "John Peixinho on How He Transformed a One-Room Schoolhouse Into a Home," 5 Feb. 2015 This portion of the river is narrow and deep, with excellent brook-trout fishing and has many access points near Lovells from Twin Bridges road. Lydia Lohrer, Detroit Free Press, "Memorial Day fishing guide: Hot spots in Metro Detroit, around state," 26 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Warm Lake is a unique fishery, home to rainbow trout, Kokanee and all three Idaho char species — brook, bull and Mackinaw trout. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "Warm Lake offers chance to beat the heat, catch some fish near Cascade," 9 July 2018 As a political figure, advocate and spiritual shepherd, Hughes operated as an unapologetic authoritarian, brooking little dissent. Terry Golway, WSJ, "‘Dagger John’ Review: Calling Bigotry By Its Name," 8 July 2018 But Holmes was no slouch: a facile mythmaker who brooked no dissent and presided over the workplace from hell. Stephen Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "New tech books: ‘Bad Blood,’ ‘Live Work Work Work Die,’ ‘The Efficiency Paradox’," 22 June 2018 Every item — brocade sofas, velvet upholstered chairs, metal hinges, parquet de Versailles floors — is period perfect; Smith will brook no interruption of his rococo illusion. Nancy Hass, New York Times, "In the Heart of Louisiana, One Man’s Impossibly Ornate Home," 8 May 2018 Meanwhile, some of the hardest-line, brook-no-compromise members of the Republican Party discovered a new fondness for foreign-policy realism—at least when it is practised by a president their voters back home adore. The Economist, "Kim Jong Un did better than Donald Trump at the Singapore summit," 14 June 2018 Flyfishing: The pristine Upper San Joaquin River is a pretty trout stream where flyfishers can catch and release the grand slam of trout fishing: golden, rainbow, brook and brown trout on the same day. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Trails, camps, lakes open for summer in Land of Muir," 17 June 2018 Not only is Lendl an ideal coach, who will brook no immaturity and has a track record of making good players great; Lendl, too, knows about the burden that comes with expectation and taking longer than preferred to break through. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Mailbag: The Ups and Downs of Sloane Stephens," 4 Apr. 2018 The protesters’ chants and attacks on government buildings have broken taboos in a system that brooks little dissent. Erin Cunningham, Washington Post, "Iran protests and death toll grow as tension rises," 2 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of brook

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1530, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brook

Noun

Middle English, from Old English brōc; akin to Old High German bruoh marshy ground

Verb

Middle English brouken to use, enjoy, from Old English brūcan; akin to Old High German brūhhan to use, Latin frui to enjoy

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More Definitions for brook

brook

noun

English Language Learners Definition of brook

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small stream

brook

verb

English Language Learners Definition of brook (Entry 2 of 2)

: to allow (something) to exist or happen

brook

noun
\ˈbru̇k \

Kids Definition of brook

: a small stream

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