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brook (verb) tolerate (used mostly in the negative); (noun) a small river.

When you do not brook any interference in your affairs, you do not tolerate others having anything to do with your affairs. A situation brooks no delay if because of any delay, the situation, which is already bad, will get worse. 'The teacher brooked no argument' -- The teacher did not allow any arguments. A small narrow river or a spring is also a brook.

  • A strict disciplinarian, he brooked no disobedience from his sons, even in matters concerning their marriages.
  • The bishop brooked no interference from any member of his parish, or from his superiors, in matters related to his church.
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