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

Finally, some real money is going to vehicle charging infrastructure While these legal battles brew, California is going full speed ahead on EV policy. David Roberts, Vox, "Trump might like dirty cars, but electric vehicles are coming anyway," 26 June 2018 Image Mead, the drink brewed from honey, is still somewhat obscure. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "From ‘Suite Life’ to the Brew of Kings," 19 June 2018 Stock investors shouldn’t ignore the trouble brewing in corporate bond markets. Richard Barley, WSJ, "What the Stuttering Corporate Bond Market Means for Stocks," 9 July 2018 But trouble brewed in the ninth, when Tommy Hunter allowed a run on a pair of hard hits. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Phillies beat Nationals behind Aaron Nola's gem, Seranthony Dominguez's close," 28 June 2018 The lager first brewed in 1899 fell out of favor with Central Florida supermarkets for a while, yet returned with a BOGO splash a while back. Bill Zimmerman, OrlandoSentinel.com, "World Cup 2018: Virtual beer crawl among the knockout-stage teams," 28 June 2018 They've been formed deep underground long ago, brewing in the molten rock, Mashable reported. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "It's 'raining' green crystals in Hawaii, thanks to Kilauea volcano eruption," 14 June 2018 Under the new ownership, Schoolyard’s 15 tap lines will be overhauled to exclusively offer craft beer brewed in the Chicago area, though more mainstream beers still will be sold in bottles and cans, said Mike Quinlan, owner of Links Taproom. Greg Trotter, chicagotribune.com, "Four Corners sells its first restaurant, Schoolyard Tavern & Grill, as it continues to grow," 11 June 2018 On June 4th, by a vote of 7-2, an unusual array of justices dispatched just such a tiff without providing much guidance for similar conflicts brewing in the lower courts. The Economist, "The Supreme Court’s artful dodge over gay wedding cakes," 5 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Later this summer, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will introduce a Bier Fest event featuring 100 brews from local and global breweries plus German cuisine and music. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Busch Gardens Tampa: Belly up again for free beers," 30 Apr. 2018 The beer selection will feature local brews such as Saint Arnold Orange Show, Eureka Heights Buckle Bunny and Back Pew Blue Testament. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Swallow’s Nest and St. Jac’s bars join Finn Hall," 25 June 2018 This is a bright bouquet of musical offerings from the varied world of the jam scene, and one that will pair nicely with the bold brews from Two Roads. John Adamian, courant.com, "Music Festivals And Concerts Not To Miss This Week," 18 June 2018 This time, La Cabra Brewing is setting up out back of its Berwyn brewery for a day of brews from Big Hill Ciderworks, East Branch Brewing Co., Levante Brewing, and others. Philly.com, "Kendrick Lamar, Odunde Festival, and other great happenings, June 8-15," 7 June 2018 Greater Cleveland Aquarium's Adult Swim series will feature local brews with cats and dogs. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Beer calendar: Great Lakes tap specials, police benefit at Platform, more," 14 May 2018 There will be also be pretzel buns, cookies, shaved ice made by the students, and cold brew from Joe Coffee. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Korean Food Under a Japanese Influence, at the Bari," 8 May 2018 Which is to say, if a witch were brewing a transformative potion that would turn anyone into the ideal Bachelorette contestant, the brew would produce Jason, Blake, Colton, and Garrett. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "The Bachelorette Season 14, Episode 7 Recap: Becca Picks A Supreme Court Nominee," 10 July 2018 Though one American has brought a few bottles of Mamma Beer into the U.S., the brew is likely to be a Czech-only phenomenon, where the average person consumes 36 gallons of beer per year and people still repeat an old proverb: Beer is Medicine. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "This Beer Was Developed For Breast Cancer Patients," 9 July 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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