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Brook (verb active)

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To Brook. v.a. [bꞃucan, Sax.] To bear; to endure; to support.

Even they, which brook it worst, that men should tell them of their duties, when they are told the same by a law, think very well and reasonably of it. Hooker, b. i.

A thousand more mischances than this one,
Have learn'd me to brook this patiently.
Shakesp. T. G. of Ver.

How use doth breed a habit in a man!
This shadowy desart, ufrequented woods,
I better brook than flourishing peopl'd towns.
Shakesp.

          Heav'n, the seat of bliss,
Brooks not the works of violence, and war.
Par. Lost, b. vi.

Most men can much rather brook their being reputed knaves, than for their honesty be accounted fools. South.

Restraint thou wilt not brook; but think it hard,
Your prudence is not trusted as your guard.
Dryden.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Hooker, Richard (175) · Milton, John (449) · South, Robert (158) · Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona (41)

Attributes: Saxon (215) · Verb Active (289)

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