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bruit (v.)

"to report," 1520s, from bruit (n.) "rumor, tiding, fame, renown" (mid-15c.), from Old French bruit (n.) "noise, uproar, rumor," derived noun from bruire "to make noise, roar" (cognate with Italian bruito, Medieval Latin brugitus), which is of uncertain origin. Related: Bruited; bruiting.

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Definitions of bruit from WordNet

bruit (v.)
tell or spread rumors;
Synonyms: rumor / rumour
From wordnet.princeton.edu