brook


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Brook \Brook\, v. t. [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.
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   2. To bear; to endure; to put up with; to tolerate; as, young
      men can not brook restraint. --Spenser.
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            Shall we, who could not brook one lord,
            Crouch to the wicked ten?             --Macaulay.
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   3. To deserve; to earn. [Obs.] --Sir J. Hawkins.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Brook \Brook\, n. [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, v. t.]
   A natural stream of water smaller than a river or creek.
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         The Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land
         of brooks of water.                      --Deut. viii.
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         Empires itself, as doth an inland brook
         Into the main of waters.                 --Shak.
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