What is the difference between endure and brook?

endure | brook |

As verbs the difference between endure and brook

is that endure is to continue or carry on, despite obstacles or hardships while brook is (transitive|obsolete|except in scots) to use; enjoy; have the full employment of.

As a noun brook is

a body of running water smaller than a river; a small stream.

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Alternative forms

* enduer (obsolete) * indure (obsolete)


  • To continue or carry on, despite obstacles or hardships.
  • The singer's popularity endured for decades.
  • To tolerate or put up with something unpleasant.
  • To last.
  • Our love will endure forever.
  • * Bible, Job viii. 15
  • He shall hold it [his house] fast, but it shall not endure .
  • To remain firm, as under trial or suffering; to suffer patiently or without yielding; to bear up under adversity; to hold out.
  • * Bible, Ezekiel xxii. 14
  • Can thine heart endure , or can thine hands be strong in the days that I shall deal with thee?
  • To suffer patiently.
  • He endured years of pain.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=April 11 , author=Phil McNulty , title=Liverpool 3 - 0 Man City , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=Dirk Kuyt sandwiched a goal in between Carroll's double as City endured a night of total misery, with captain Carlos Tevez limping off early on with a hamstring strain that puts a serious question mark over his participation in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United at Wembley. }}
  • (obsolete) To indurate.
  • Synonyms

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    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) .


    (en verb)
  • To use; enjoy; have the full employment of.
  • To earn; deserve.
  • (label) To bear; endure; support; put up with; tolerate (usually used in the negative, with an abstract noun as object ).
  • * {{quote-book, year=1922, author=(Ben Travers)
  • , chapter=6, title= A Cuckoo in the Nest , passage=But Sophia's mother was not the woman to brook defiance. After a few moments' vain remonstrance her husband complied. His manner and appearance were suggestive of a satiated sea-lion.}}
  • * 2005 , Nicholas Ostler, Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World , Harper:
  • Nevertheless, Garcilaso does claim that the Spaniards ‘who were unable to brook the length of the discourse, had left their places and fallen on the Indians’.
    Derived terms

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl), from (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • A body of running water smaller than a river; a small stream.
  • *Bible, (w) viii. 7
  • *:The Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • *:empties itself, as doth an inland brook / into the main of waters
  • *
  • *:But then I had the [massive] flintlock by me for protection. ¶.
  • A water meadow.
  • Low, marshy ground.
  • Synonyms
    * beck * burn * coulee * creek * stream