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Brook (&unr_;), n. [OE. brok, broke, brook, AS. br&ō;c; akin to D. broek, LG. br&ō;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, v. t.] 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 Shak.
Into the main of waters.
Brook, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Brooked (&unr_;); p. pr. & vb. n. Brooking.] [OE. broken, bruken, to use, enjoy, digest, AS. br&unr_;can; akin to D. gebruiken to use, OHG. pr&unr_;hhan, G. brauchen, gebrauchen, Icel. br&unr_;ka, Goth. br&unr_;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, Macaulay.
Crouch to the wicked ten?
3. To deserve; to earn. [Obs.] Sir J. Hawkins.