\ ˈbrü How to pronounce brew (audio) \
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
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



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


brewer \ ˈbrü-​ər How to pronounce brewer (audio) , 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 The team then plans to brew a Kölsch, an IPA and an amber within the coming weeks. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Here's when highly anticipated Greenwood Brewing will open in downtown Phoenix," 19 June 2020 After a trailer that featured a kiss between Ellie and Dina dropped in 2018, outrage began to brew among a small but loud contingent of fans online. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The Last of Us Part II Is a Revolutionary Video Game—and an Unbelievably Grim One," 12 June 2020 These Milwaukee breweries will participate in a national initiative to brew a beer that would bring awareness to equality issues and raise funds to support police reform and legal defenses. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Looking for a way to support Milwaukee's black community? Buy this beer.," 10 June 2020 This winter, assuming baseball manages to hammer out a deal and play a 2020 season, the sport’s current problems – lack of recognition for its biggest stars, a slow game, a labor war that will brew through 2021 – and its extended ones may collide. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Labor fights, new competition, invisible players: Why MLB may be sports' biggest loser during COVID-19 pandemic," 5 June 2020 After months of conversations and meetings, Marion pitched the idea to Nappy Roots to do a limited edition brew for Hop City’s anniversary celebration. Shauna Stuart |, al, "Craft beer, hip hop, and the clout of Nappy Roots," 6 Oct. 2019 Being accessible to people who are not normally craft beer drinkers by brewing a beer for every preferences adds to Huss’ appeal, Cleveland said, who knows that Huss has introduced a lot of people to craft beer who hadn’t tried it before. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Family feel and beer with wide appeal keeps Huss Brewing Co. flowing," 28 May 2020 If there is a bright spot in any of this, Ragaisis and Higgins have plenty of time to brew beer, including lagers like the Oktoberfest, which moved up in the schedule. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wizard Works Brewing was ready to open on April 1, then all the taprooms closed to the public. What now?," 13 May 2020 The company is once again brewing beer at some breweries and roasting coffee, as well. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "McMenamins rehiring staff, reopening hotels amid coronavirus pandemic," 12 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In East Lansing, Michigan, an outbreak tied to a brew pub spread to 34 people ages 18 to 23. Carla K. Johnson, Tamara Lush, Anchorage Daily News, "Virus cases surge among younger Americans, endangering them and older adults they come into contact with," 25 June 2020 What’s your brew technique of choice: AeroPress, Chemex, French press, pour-over or auto drip? oregonlive, "Better your home barista skills with these coffee-perfecting devices," 23 June 2020 Notes of red wine, spice, nuts, and chocolate give this brew a rich aroma and robust texture. Popular Science, "Our favorite coffee beans on the market," 22 June 2020 Just like the rest of us, dads need cold brew within reach to function on a basic level when WFH. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "45 Father's Day Gifts for the Travel-Loving Dad Stuck at Home This Summer," 5 June 2020 Boketto delivers cold brew coffee directly to homes, offices and restaurants. Los Angeles Times, "Here’s a list of Black-owned coffee shops in L.A., inspired by #BlackinBrew," 12 June 2020 The brew will also be available in 12-ounce cans and six-packs. Matt Wake |, al, "Black is Beautiful for these Huntsville breweries," 12 June 2020 Coffee options are limited to brewed coffee and cold brew from local shop Drip Coffee Company. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Long-awaited bagel shop Shug’s opens near SMU in Dallas," 11 June 2020 And the black-horse brew in this era of drinking at home appears to be good old fashioned domestic American beer. Allison Morrow, CNN, "Why basic dad beer is having a moment in the pandemic economy," 9 June 2020

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First Known Use of brew


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


circa 1510, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for brew


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

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28 Jun 2020

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“Brew.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of brew

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make (beer, ale, etc.)
: to make (coffee, tea, etc.)
: to start to form



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

chiefly US : a drink (such as beer or ale) that is made by brewing
British : a cup of tea
: a mixture of different things


\ ˈbrü How to pronounce brew (audio) \
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



Kids Definition of brew (Entry 2 of 2)

: something made by brewing

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