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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Brook \Brook\, noun [OE. brok, broke, brook, AS. br[=o]c; akin to D. broek, LG. br[=o]k, 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}, verb (used with an object)] 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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Brook \Brook\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Brooked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Brooking}.] [OE. broken, bruken, to use, enjoy, digest, AS. br?can; akin to D. gebruiken to use, OHG. pr?hhan, G. brauchen, gebrauchen, Icel. br?ka, Goth. br?kjan, 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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

brook

noun

1: a natural stream of water smaller than a river (and often a tributary of a river); "the creek dried up every summer" [syn: {brook}, {creek}]

verb

1: put up with something or somebody unpleasant; "I cannot bear his constant criticism"; "The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks"; "he learned to tolerate the heat"; "She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage" [syn: {digest}, {endure}, {stick out}, {stomach}, {bear}, {stand}, {tolerate}, {support}, {brook}, {abide}, {suffer}, {put up}]


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