brew

verb
\ 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
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 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

They can be used to infuse flavor into white wine or apple cider (this takes a couple of weeks; refrigerate the cider), or to brew a tea. Pam Peirce, SFChronicle.com, "Food crops and edible flowers that thrive in the shade," 12 July 2019 Craft beermakers go to extraordinary lengths to brew up the perfect pint—and lately, that attention to detail has shifted to what's on the outside as well. CBS News, "How craft breweries are embracing cover art," 29 June 2019 But there are also dozens of individual magical ingredients that can be used to brew a variety of potions that can help temporarily in your magical efforts. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Wizards Unite is a bloated, slow, Harry Potter-ified Pokémon Go," 21 June 2019 So-Sure: Meanwhile, trouble is brewing elsewhere in the Evangelista household. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "We Are Family: 5 Key Moments From Season 2 Episode 2 of 'Pose'," 19 June 2019 The host venue, AlaBrew, is a godsend for budding hobbyists and experts alike, boasting the recipes and ingredients for more than 700 commercial beers, as well as the equipment with which to brew it. Emma Simmons, al.com, "Local homebrew clubs bring community to beer lovers," 18 June 2019 As implied by its name, compost tea, plain and simple, is compost that's been mixed with water and left to brew over the course of a few days. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "How to Make Compost Tea for Your Garden," 29 May 2019 Wednesday’s news brings to a head brewing dissent with Mrs. May’s leadership, with dozens of her own lawmakers openly opposing her deal. Stephen Fidler, WSJ, "Theresa May to Face No-Confidence Vote Amid Brexit Disarray," 12 Dec. 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Sprecher was the city’s first microbrewery, Milwaukee Brewing Company is known for its sustainable brewing practices, while MobCraft crowdsources its brews, producing the highest vote-getting recipes. Travel Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Visit Milwaukee and Wisconsin this summer, before the world does in 2020," 14 July 2019 Her latest obsession: adding oat milk to her morning brew. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Reese Witherspoon's Diet Includes Lots of Fried Chicken and Biscuits," 14 July 2019 This Independence Day, drink rosé all day and keep your ice-cold brews stocked without making a trip to the store. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "H-E-B delivering beer and wine for free this Independence Day," 3 July 2019 Another writer had already published a novel about the murder of Elizabeth Short, which had been turned into a film, but Ellroy realised that his own peculiar brew of experiences and sensibilities had furnished him with a unique perspective. The Economist, "James Ellroy finally has happiness in his sights," 8 June 2019 The announcement, made Tuesday (June 4) in a news release, makes UNO the fifth university in Louisiana to have its own signature brew. nola.com, "Privateers beer: UNO debuts official golden ale from Second Line Brewing," 5 June 2019 Beerventures: This weekend brings the Monterey Beer Festival to the county fairgrounds with an afternoon of live music and brews from more than a dozen breweries. Jay R. Brooks, The Mercury News, "California beer news: Bear Republic’s latest, Dust Bowl’s new taproom and more," 27 June 2019 Unlimited samples of 50-plus exotic brews from 20 breweries local (3 Sons Brewing in Dania Beach, J. Wakefield Brewing in Miami) and national will go on tap this weekend. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "How Free the Whales became South Florida’s most exclusive beer party," 26 June 2019 Participants can choose an awesome shirt, a headband or a beach towel as a souvenir, plus get a finisher’s medal and complimentary root beer or brews from Brass Tap. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, "4th of July 5Ks and fun runs offer patriotic workouts, help charities," 17 June 2019

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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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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)

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

brew

verb
\ 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

brew

noun

Kids Definition of brew (Entry 2 of 2)

: something made by brewing

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