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
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 This coffee is super easy to brew; just add a few cups of water and one and a half cups of the grounds into a French press. Popular Science, "Great coffee beans for cold brew," 15 Sep. 2020 There were likely more economical solutions: Roger Williams could, for example, buy home-brew LAMP kits from New England Biolabs and set up its own lab on the Racine, Wisconsin, model. Gideon Lewis-kraus, The New Yorker, "Jonathan Rothberg’s Race to Invent the Ultimate Rapid At-Home COVID-19 Test," 29 Aug. 2020 These kinds of home-brew zoos have existed in Ontario for at least a hundred years—a network that, in the vacuum created by a lack of regulations, sprang up alongside the growing highway network. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Zoo That Divided a Town," 10 Aug. 2020 Since no one has yet unearthed that sample of 4,000-year-old beer, one of the best ways to gauge the character of Mesopotamian beer is to brew some yourself and give it a try. Tate Paulette, The Conversation, "Brewing Mesopotamian beer brings a sip of this vibrant ancient drinking culture back to life," 24 Aug. 2020 The carafe is clearly marked in cup and milliliter measurements, for users who may want to brew less than the maximum. Elizabeth Wallace, CNN Underscored, "The best cold brew coffee makers of 2020," 13 Aug. 2020 As implied by its name, compost tea is compost that's been mixed with water, from sprayed from your best garden hose, and left to brew over the course of a few days. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "How to Make Compost Tea for Your Garden," 28 Apr. 2020 The center is expected to move over the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico late Saturday, and then moving back into the warm waters of the Gulf, where it is expected to brew into hurricane strength early Monday morning. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida-bound Tropical Storm Laura forms as TD 14 churns in Caribbean; could both be hurricanes next week," 21 Aug. 2020 The business offers cold brew in three sizes of growlers — gallon, half gallon and 16 ounces. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, "It's officially cold brew season in metro Phoenix. Here are 20 places for takeout coffee," 17 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Originally known as the Nook, the structure was built around 1900 by the Schlitz Brewery, which constructed several brew houses in Chicago. Ryan Ori, chicagotribune.com, "Southport Lanes has been a speakeasy, brothel, gambling den and bowling alley. One thing the Lakeview institution is not: A COVID-19 survivor.," 17 Sep. 2020 Better yet, can even customize your cup with five different brew options: 1.35-ounces, 2.7-ounces, 5 ounces, 8 ounces and 14 ounces. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "This coffee maker is better than your Keurig—and it's on sale," 17 Sep. 2020 For Brown, turning this historic space into a brew bar was a multi-layered obstacle. Danielle Harling, House Beautiful, "Daniel Brown Turned a 200 Year Old House Built by Slaves Into a Modern, Black-Owned Brew Bar," 15 Sep. 2020 This 12-pack of 8-ounce cold brew cans comes in four varieties, including nitro and double espresso. Popular Science, "Great coffee beans for cold brew," 15 Sep. 2020 These qualities and more earned it a spot on our list of the best cold brew coffee makers of the year. Julianne Ross, CNN Underscored, "These are the 21 Amazon products we loved in August," 10 Sep. 2020 In its first iteration, the Lucky 7 doughnut box for $17.50 comes with one crème brûlée, one banana pudding, one cold-brew-chocolate coffee cake, one red velvet, one s’mores, one maple and one classic glazed. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "3 Dallas restaurants reopen mid-pandemic: Glazed Donut Works, The Porch and Georgie," 3 Sep. 2020 Bottles of cold-brew coffee, pickle relish, and cocktail sauce practically leapt off their shelves. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic Has Made Klutzes Out of Everyone," 28 Aug. 2020 The restaurant is bringing in an Italian expresso machine and drinks from three Cleveland companies: Duck Rabbit Coffee, Storehouse Tea and Guardian cold brew coffee. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Tartine Bistro set to open Café Tartine," 27 Aug. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for brew

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The first known use of brew was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

20 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Brew.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brew. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for brew

brew

verb
How to pronounce brew (audio)

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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