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

Gene Evin Atkins, 28, was booked Sunday on suspicion of murder after an explosion of violence that a relative said may have been brewing for weeks. Michael Balsamo, The Seattle Times, "Deadly LA market shooting started with domestic feud," 23 July 2018 The majority of these issues were already brewing from within, and an industry based around beauty and image was just an easy way for my issues to manifest themselves. Bridget Malcolm, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bridget Malcolm Reveals How Hard Models Work for Their Lean Bodies," 20 June 2018 For Toller, that crisis has been brewing for more than a decade, since his son died serving in the Iraq War (after being encouraged to enlist by Toller). David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Bracing, Grim Power of First Reformed," 18 May 2018 Again Tuesday, a nor’easter is brewing offshore generating heavy snow and strong winds in portions of New England. Gary Lessor, courant.com, "Another Nor'easter Brings Heavy Snow, Winds Tuesday," 12 Mar. 2018 Back Caption Options Close Settings Language English Font Size Small Medium Large Position Auto Bottom Top Sample Caption Text 0:00 0:00 0:00 Mute has been brewing for quite some time. Tom Philip, GQ, "Mute Trailer: Alexander Skarsgard Goes Full Action Hero," 30 Jan. 2018 Especially in light of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, which was brewing around the time of its announcement, the optics of a white actor playing Jackson were not great, to say the least. Laura Bradley, HWD, "That Controversial Michael Jackson Comedy Won’t Air After All," 13 Jan. 2017 Like the Seattle flagship, the Reserve coffee bars will brew drinks on machines including a siphon, and a Black Eagle espresso maker — the similar equipment staples at froufrou shops like Intelligensia. Jacqueline Colette Prosper, ELLE Decor, "Starbucks Reserve Quenches Hip Coffee Lovers' Thirst With 1,000 New Upscale Cafes," 21 Oct. 2016 Three hurricanes are currently brewing in the Atlantic ocean. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "How Many Hurricanes Can There Be at Once?," 10 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The home-brewers have more than 22 recipes in their pockets and expect to start with an Amber brew on tap. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Rebellion Brewing opens its doors in Cedarburg, in the former Silver Creek Brewing space," 10 July 2018 The Funky Taco pours craft brews on draft, Mexican beers and affordable wines. James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, "Boise’s trendy new taquerias redefine the taco – and diners get to taste the difference," 27 June 2018 At least four taprooms have opened in Downtown Napa, including Trade Brewing, a laid-back bar with 14 brews on tap. New York Times, "36 Hours in Napa Valley," 21 June 2018 Sweet treats will be paired with homegrown brews, for a delicious evening celebration. Philly.com, "Kendrick Lamar, Odunde Festival, and other great happenings, June 8-15," 7 June 2018 Lucky's has 10 signature brews on tap, from a pale ale to stout. Nikki Delamotte, cleveland.com, "Lucky's Market opens second store in Ohio at Cleveland's Shoppes on Clifton (photos)," 15 May 2018 Autumn renders the valley a leaf-peeping wonderland complete with pumpkin brews; spring brings showers and a flourish of botanical country beers. Keith Flanagan, USA TODAY, "Hudson Valley beer is a taste of New York state," 20 Apr. 2018 Afterward, hit High Rollers in town for New York–style pizza, family-friendly bowling, and more than 40 Canadian craft brews on tap. Katie Arnold, Outside Online, "Banff's Top Family Adventures," 11 Apr. 2018 The heavy rain expected from Hurricane Florence could flood hog manure pits, coal ash dumps and other industrial sites in North Carolina, creating a noxious witches’ brew of waste that might wash into homes and threaten drinking water supplies. Michael Biesecker, Fox News, "Hurricane could flood many waste sites, creating toxic brew," 12 Sep. 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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