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. [1913 Webster]

2. To bear; to endure; to put up with; to tolerate; as, young men can not brook restraint. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

Shall we, who could not brook one lord, Crouch to the wicked ten? --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

3. To deserve; to earn. [Obs.] --Sir J. Hawkins. [1913 Webster]

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