brook

noun
\ ˈbru̇k How to pronounce brook (audio) \

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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Synonyms for brook

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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 stockings included some dandy trophy brook, brown and golden rainbow trout, as well. cleveland, "Wind, snow, plummeting temps greet holiday anglers: NE Ohio fishing report for weekend of Dec. 25-27," 24 Dec. 2020 Several wood bridges span the brook that crisscrosses the property. New York Times, "House Hunting in Panama: Tucked Into the Mountains for $580,000," 4 Nov. 2020 To make the stockings more special, there will also be a few trophy brook, brown and golden trout including in the mix. cleveland, "Port Clinton guide Mitch Dougherty wins Fall Brawl: NE Ohio fishing report for weekend of Dec. 4-6, 2020," 3 Dec. 2020 The demo includes nature video clips of swans on a lake, bees buzzing and a babbling brook, where the listener feels completely transported into the scene. Louise Dixon, chicagotribune.com, "New device puts music in your head — no headphones required," 12 Nov. 2020 But a remnant population later was discovered in a small brook along the Nevada-Utah border. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Nevada dam changes give rare trout new life 115 years later," 5 Oct. 2020 But a remnant population later was discovered in a small brook along the Nevada-Utah border. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Nevada dam changes give rare trout new life 115 years later," 5 Oct. 2020 There are a mile and a half of walking paths along the brook, as well as pedestrian bridges and an amphitheater. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "Like It or Not, the Suburbs Are Changing," 16 Oct. 2020 This inexpensive sound machine features six sounds, including rain, ocean waves, heart beat, summer night, forest, and babbling brook. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Sound machines to help your baby sleep," 9 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Sanders brook loose for an 82-yard TD run in the second quarter, giving the Eagles a 17-0 lead. oregonlive, "Rookie QB Jalen Hurts leads the Philadelphia Eagles to upset win over the New Orleans Saints: Recap, score, stats and more," 13 Dec. 2020 Anglers must catch and release all four species of the state’s wild trout, or at least six of the eight total species in Arizona: Gila, Apache, brown, brook, rainbow, grayling, cutthroat, and tiger trout. Erin Stone, azcentral, "A traveling ICU nurse finds peace on a fishing line in Arizona's high country," 25 May 2020 Unwilling to brook further delay, the EES enlisted Colomo and the collection’s researcher, Ben Henry, to complete it for him. Ariel Sabar, The Atlantic, "A Mystery at Oxford," 13 May 2020 Acton plans to seek future grants to undertake the dam removal and brook restoration, and to complete demolition of the building, with the intention of eventually creating a municipal park on the property. John Laidler, BostonGlobe.com, "Acton to remove River Street Dam and restore brook," 3 Mar. 2020 Keenan said Howard’s penchant for pursuing the truth brooked no obstacles. Mark Woolsey, ajc, "Larry Howard, who helped solve Atlanta Child Murders, dies at 91," 30 Jan. 2020 Annie and Williamina’s exasperated takedowns of the privileged Peter are particularly funny, creating a satisfying portrait of self-sufficient, loyal, high-achieving women who don’t brook nonsense. Washington Post, "‘Silent Sky’ tells the story of pioneering female astronomers with humor and warmth," 3 Feb. 2020 Second, euthanasia is an aggressive social pathogen that brooks no dissent. Wesley J. Smith, National Review, "Pressuring a Hospice to Kill," 24 Jan. 2020 At this degree of sensitivity, fingertips can find discontinuities the mind may not be able to brook. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, "The Unbearable Softness of Engineered Fabrics," 21 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of brook was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Brook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brook. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for brook

brook

noun
How to pronounce brook (audio)

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 How to pronounce brook (audio) \

Kids Definition of brook

: a small stream

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