brew

verb
\ ˈbrü \
brewed; brewing; brews

Definition of brew 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to prepare (beer, ale, etc.) by steeping, boiling, and fermentation or by infusion and fermentation

2a : to bring about : foment brew trouble

b : contrive

3 : to prepare (a drink or other liquid) by infusion in hot water brew tea

intransitive verb

1 : to brew beer or ale

2 : to be in the process of forming a storm is brewing

brew

noun

Definition of brew (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a brewed beverage (such as beer)

b : a serving of a brewed beverage quaff a few brews

c : something produced by or as if by brewing

2 : the process of brewing

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Other words from brew

Verb

brewer \ˈbrü-ər, ˈbru̇(-ə)r \ noun

Examples of brew in a Sentence

Verb

They brew the beer on the premises. The restaurant also brews its own ginger ale and root beer. They've been brewing in the new brewery since March. I'll brew another pot of tea. It feels like there's a storm brewing.

Noun

I'll buy you a brew. a manufacturer of specialty brews a perfect cup of brew time for a quick brew
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Now, a new battle is brewing over Mono Lake, where dust storms have been on the rise. latimes.com, "Today: Russian Interference, European Edition," 5 July 2018 In the company’s hometown of Bentonville, a debate is brewing over a statue of a Confederate soldier in the town square. Sarah Nassauer, WSJ, "Walmart Takes a Stand on Guns, Gay Rights to Get People to Like It More," 5 July 2018 These days, less than a year later, Seven Stills is brewing 90 to 120 barrels of beer per week. Alyssa Pereira, SFChronicle.com, "How the surging Seven Stills found the magic formula of beer and spirits," 1 July 2018 The brewing team at the new Guinness site is already brewing beer and has some beers aging in barrels. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Guinness looks to tap into craft beer creativity with new US brewery, opening Aug. 3," 29 June 2018 Wars are brewing over curbs supported by cities but colonized by startups. Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "Shooting at Trenton arts fest, Jersey Shore feels the heat of climate change | Morning Newsletter," 18 June 2018 But now a discussion is brewing outside of Modoc and its small school district. NBC News, "A rural school turns to digital education. Is it a savior or devil's bargain?," 28 May 2018 Conflict is brewing on all sides in the show, between the hosts and Delos, between Bernard and Westworld staff, and between Dolores and almost everyone else. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Westworld Spoilers Club season 2, episode 5: Akane No Mai," 21 May 2018 Speaking of trends, Crooked Lane is also brewing a Brut IPAin collaboration with Mraz. Daniel Barnes, sacbee, "Everything from craft to 'Old School' is on tap here | The Sacramento Bee," 11 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Uncle Billy’s Texas Ruby Red Radler is a light and sweet introduction to beer for someone who would otherwise be skeptical of having a brew. Markus Haas, San Antonio Express-News, "Your guide to 8 great summer beers," 12 July 2018 Biwanag sibi had become a witch’s brew of toxicity. Richard Horan, The Christian Science Monitor, "'The Poisoned City' tells the horrific story of Flint's contaminated water," 10 July 2018 The meetings also came as a trade war brews between the world’s two largest economies. Washington Post, "Mattis, China leaders strike positive tone despite tensions," 27 June 2018 This leads to the production of a hormone that increases insulin production and lowers blood sugar levels—thus successfully treating their diabetes after a simple morning brew. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Scientists use caffeine to control genes—and treat diabetic mice with coffee," 20 June 2018 Settle in under a colorful umbrella with a German brew. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Here's a list of Indianapolis' best outdoor beer gardens," 14 June 2018 On tap are eight new beers, including a limited World Cup-edition kolsch-style brew. Hannah Steinkopf-frank, RedEye Chicago, "Score at these World Cup viewing parties and specials," 13 June 2018 Don't hesitate to grab some lunch inside the restaurant and wet your whistle with a Sockeye brew. Michelle Jenkins, idahostatesman, "Support wounded veterans at cornhole competition at Sockeye Brewing," 10 June 2018 On Monday, Porter will pour both Black Cap, a Foeder-aged ale poured over raspberries, and Golden Stone, a stone fruit brew pungent with peach, apricot and nectarine; both were brewed last year. Michael Russell, OregonLive.com, "One of the Portland area's best taco trucks is back after a long winter hiatus," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of brew

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

circa 1510, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for brew

Verb

Middle English, from Old English brēowan; akin to Latin fervēre to boil — more at barm

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More Definitions for brew

brew

verb

English Language Learners Definition of brew

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make (beer, ale, etc.)

: to make (coffee, tea, etc.)

: to start to form

brew

noun

English Language Learners Definition of brew (Entry 2 of 2)

: a drink (such as beer or ale) that is made by brewing

: a cup of tea

: a mixture of different things

brew

verb
\ ˈbrü \
brewed; brewing

Kids Definition of brew

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to make (beer) from water, malt, and hops

2 : to prepare by soaking in hot water brew tea

3 : plan entry 2 sense 2 He's brewing mischief.

4 : to start to form A storm is brewing.

Other words from brew

brewer noun

brew

noun

Kids Definition of brew (Entry 2 of 2)

: something made by brewing

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