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 Other bodies of water will be stocked with brook, brown and tiger trout raised in hatcheries in Sandwich, Palmer, Belchertown, Sunderland and Montague. USA TODAY, "Conch contest, golf tree, Geena Davis: News from around our 50 states," 9 Mar. 2020 Wildman said the stairs will encourage visitors to use the brook. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "Glastonbury’s Slocomb Dam along Roaring Brook is one of five left along the river. It’ll be removed next summer.," 18 Nov. 2019 Turkeys are infamous for hanging up behind geographic anomalies such as stone walls, fences, brooks and creeks, or even thick brush. Matt Wettish, Outdoor Life, "9 Rules For Hunting Roosted Gobblers," 5 Feb. 2020 According to Coursey, the river and a brook that runs behind one campground overflowed, causing at least two dozen campers to evacuate. Adam Sennott, BostonGlobe.com, "Thunderstorms trigger flash floods in parts of N.H.," 11 July 2019 When those ponds filled up, wine runoff began pouring into the creek, an industrial brook that runs through the vineyards. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "Nearly 100,000 gallons of red wine spills into California river," 24 Jan. 2020 This is a short stream that looks like a brook, yet when 2-foot salmon arrive, the sight of them can provide an exhilarating shock. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Salmon jumping spectacle in Marin draws thousands of viewers," 10 Dec. 2019 There are rustic side trails between the brook and path visitors can use to avoid most of the wet areas. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "Hiking an abandoned trolley line near Quassy Amusement Park in Woodbury," 29 Nov. 2019 The brook, for example, was actually man-made, dug out by our crew, lined with plastic and filled with water, boulders, and ferns. Washington Post, "Julie Andrews shares a behind-the-scenes look at the opening sequence of ‘The Sound of Music’," 12 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Republicans in their states are fiercely loyal to Trump and would not brook dissent. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "The impeachment trap: Endangered Senate Republicans face peril whether they support Trump or not," 15 Jan. 2020 Foreign policy appears to be one of the few areas where Mr. Trump is willing to brook some difference of opinion. Carl Hulse, New York Times, "For Once, Republicans Break With Trump, but Not on Impeachment," 8 Oct. 2019

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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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“Brook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brook. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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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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