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Definition of brood verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they brood
    he / she / it broods
    past simple brooded
    -ing form brooding
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  1. 1[intransitive] brood (over/on/about something) to think a lot about something that makes you annoyed, anxious, or upset You're not still brooding over what he said, are you?
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] brood (something) if a bird broods, or broods its eggs, it sits on the eggs in order to hatch them (= make the young come out of them)
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