\ ˈbru̇k How to pronounce brook (audio) \

Definition of brook

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: creek sense 1 a babbling brook


brooked; brooking; brooks

Definition of brook (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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 lone call of the magic horn that sounds at its outset trails off into a misty landscape, a trickling brook, a waking dawn and the blunt-force thwack of a cold-water tutti. Washington Post, 19 Feb. 2022 In a remote and hidden valley with a babbling brook in the southern Japanese Alps region, Aoki Ren used to proudly show his cattle farm’s serene surroundings to fastidious buyers of quality wagyu beef. Takehiko Kambayashi, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Apr. 2022 Connecticut’s first wild trout management plan aims to conserve and expand habitat for brook and brown trout and boost opportunities for anglers. Jesse Leavenworth,, 25 Jan. 2022 In the movie’s key scene, and its greatest one, Jessica meets a man—also named Hernan, but much older than the sound engineer, and played by Elkin Díaz—who spends his days cleaning fish by a brook. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 1 Apr. 2022 In the late morning twilight of Windhorse’s hemlock forest, the Dreschers make another stop on their hike, this one beside a mossy mound, looking over a brook that hurries past under a thin coating of ice. Moira Donovan, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Feb. 2022 Dozens of gallons of acid flowed into a nearby brook and down a three-mile stretch of the North River. Charlie Mckenna,, 7 Dec. 2021 Try Lynn Camp Prong Cascades, the park’s most recent brook-trout restoration project, which parallels Middle Prong Trail, an easy eight-mile hike that features multiple waterfalls. Neil Norman, Outside Online, 8 Oct. 2019 Legge says focusing on a natural sound—like a bubbling brook, singing sands, birds chirping, et cetera—can help facilitate that break. Kristin Scharkey, Sunset Magazine, 11 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Set around a conference table, the play offers a portrait not of an avuncular artist whose childlike imagination took over the world but of a megalomaniac who cannot brook dissent. Charles Mcnultytheater Critic, Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2022 Riyadh refused to even brook discussion of Moscow’s difficulties when it was raised at an OPEC+ meeting on March 2. Alan Crawford,, 11 Mar. 2022 Word to the wise, though: New England’s islanders brook no foolishness. Will Grunewald, Outside Online, 18 June 2020 Deerman’s 3-yard touchdown run with 10:22 remaining in the third quarter brook a 21-21 tie and started a rally that would put the Eagles (11-1) on top for good. Reports, al, 12 Nov. 2021 Julien will eventually wonder — and willing to brook her friends’ disapproval by introducing Zoya (Whitney Peak), a freshman nobody from Buffalo, into their circle. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 8 July 2021 Analysts said the exercises were a warning to Taipei and Washington that Beijing would not brook any moves for Taiwanese independence and was prepared to act militarily to prevent that from happening. Brad Lendon, CNN, 12 Apr. 2021 Sanders brook loose for an 82-yard TD run in the second quarter, giving the Eagles a 17-0 lead. oregonlive, 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, 25 May 2020 See More

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First Known Use of brook


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


1530, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brook


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


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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7 May 2022

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“Brook.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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