\ 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



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 brew (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 Activities revolve around food, characters, puzzles, dance parties and, for grown-ups, witches’ brew. Dewayne Bevil,, 1 Sep. 2021 According to Starbucks’ official site, one Venti of Pike Place brew with the two shots is worth approximately 410 milligrams of caffeine. oregonlive, 4 Aug. 2021 At the original Malai Kitchen in Uptown, the Wages also brew beer. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 3 Aug. 2021 Portland’s signature events, such as its Rose Festival, brew fests and drag shows, were canceled, postponed or held virtually. Author: Sara Cline, Anchorage Daily News, 17 June 2021 At the office, there’s cold brew on tap for work hours and also a keg of beer for the after-work celebrations, which often involve ping-pong tournaments in the company’s game room. Eric Barton,, 20 May 2021 This mouth-filling, bready brew favors the spicy side of the style’s characteristic clove and banana profile. Lee Svitak Dean, Star Tribune, 19 Aug. 2020 The head brewer, Dan Drayne, was among the first in the county to brew hazy IPAs. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Aug. 2021 The festival kicks off with a keg-tapping and blessing of Wiedemann's Mango Hefeweizen Luau brew at the armed services memorial by City Hall. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 4 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The vessels containing the ancient dregs were located near two human skeletons, suggesting that mourners may have consumed the brew in honor of the dead, reports Gizmodo’s Isaac Schultz. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Sep. 2021 The brew of exotics has unleashed noxious algae outbreaks that smother beaches in foot-deep goo that looks like creamed spinach and smells like the bowels of a porta potty., 30 Aug. 2021 Each beer is created by infusing coffee, donuts or matcha tea from Dunkin' into the Harpoon brew. Abigail Adams,, 25 Aug. 2021 Last year, the company said the fall cold brew outsold its classic pumpkin drink. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 23 Aug. 2021 Now that the beer is made at the Molson Coors facility in Fort Worth, devotees who once traveled for the brew will find it at Texas grocery stores, liquor stores and bars for the first time. Dallas News, 18 Aug. 2021 Lush teas from India come from Ahista Tea, a company that offers single-batch classic teas and innovative blends that elevate the soothing brew., 7 July 2021 The live cultures of the yeast convert sugar into alcohol and then the brew is infused with real fruits or natural or artificial flavors. Kathy Stephenson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 May 2021 Add a pinch of baking soda to neutralize the tannic acid in the brew. Jenny Comita, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Apr. 2021

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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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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)

: a drink (such as beer or ale) that is made by brewing
: coffee
: a cup of tea


\ 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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