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

Once the coffee is brewed, stacking the lid on top of the bottom vessel activates a valve that allows coffee to drop into the carafe. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "High-design coffee maker looks like a ceramic pot," 12 June 2019 The ale was brewed with burgundy wine yeast, blood orange juice and zest, and fresh strawberry puree. Grace Dickinson, https://www.inquirer.com, "The six summery drinks you need to try in Philadelphia this season," 6 June 2019 Privateer Ale is brewed with Mosaic and Idaho 7 hops. nola.com, "Privateers beer: UNO debuts official golden ale from Second Line Brewing," 5 June 2019 Christina Agapakis, Ginkgo’s Creative Director and biotech leader, likened the process to brewing beer. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "You Can Now Smell a Flower That Went Extinct a Century Ago," 16 Apr. 2019 Rumors surrounding O’Rourke's 2020 plans have been brewing since his midterms loss. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Beto O'Rourke Officially Announced His 2020 Presidential Campaign," 14 Mar. 2019 While her Sister-in-law Meghan Markle is making waves Down Under with her wardrobe of local designers, closer to home, the Duchess of Cambridge is brewing a quiet fashion storm of her own. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Kate Middleton Has a Cinderella Fashion Moment in Alexander McQueen," 23 Oct. 2018 The lawsuit has been brewing for eight years and is still not over. Maria Clark, NOLA.com, "Walmart in early talks to buy Humana: report," 30 Mar. 2018 With this bunch, some kind of trouble was always brewing on the Southfork Ranch. David Martindale, star-telegram, "Forty years ago, 'Dallas' became a TV sensation. Here, 'Pam Ewing' takes a fond look back | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 27 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Beer aficionados will discover those hard-to-find specialty craft brews alongside local favorites. San Diego Union-Tribune, "11 things to do in San Diego this weekend: Cooper Family Juneteenth Celebration, Smokey Robinson, New Children’s Museum’s ‘Whammock!’," 14 June 2019 There is also cold brew on tap and single-origin espresso available. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Bootstrap Coffee opens location on St. Paul’s West Side," 14 June 2019 During each hike, representatives of Mockery Brewing or Bonfire Brewing will be on hand to serve up craft brews paired with lunch from Vail Chophouse. Monica Parpal Stockbridge, The Know, "5 summer adventures crafted around craft beer," 12 June 2019 Our jam: Petal & Pod ($4), an ethereal nitro cold brew with cardamom and rose water. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, "6 best new, eclectic Bay Area coffee houses," 8 June 2019 Sip single origin brews and snack on handmade mint patties at downtown's Winans Chocolates + Coffees, or go for country fried steak at the family owned Lucky Steer Restaurant, a Wapakoneta stalwart. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian, "The 15 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2019," 6 June 2019 To gain a little extra money, Heo began to make home-brew alcohol from rotting corn. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, "A North Korean defector paid smugglers to get her family out. China sent them back.," 27 June 2018 Show up for the annual Gears and Beers festival for riding and craft-brew tastings, or ride a scenic lift before hiking the Grand Mesa. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "Under-the-Radar Ski Resorts to Visit This Summer," 25 Apr. 2018 Judging and the tasting event are planned for Saturday, June 16, at the home-brew shop. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "4th annual Iron Brewer competition scheduled in Cleveland," 21 Mar. 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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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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