\ 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 Previously the brewery didn’t brew the same beer twice. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 June 2021 The two brew up a vat of killer punch (the ingredients include cough syrup and pickle juice) and wait for the amorous adventures to happen. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 28 May 2021 The latest entrant to the expanding Fairbanks brew scene is Latitude 65 Brewing Company that opened in May of 2021. Hudson Lindenberger, Forbes, 24 May 2021 Breathing Room, designed to support the lungs and immune system, is a version of the astragalus root brew Li’s mother used to boil during cold and flu season. New York Times, 13 May 2021 Frederickson says Dogfish Head will honor the history of Concrete Beach by continuing to brew and sell the brewery’s iconic Havana Lager. Ben Crandell,, 12 May 2021 The partnership — to brew Yuengling in Texas, and to let Molson Coors take on the production — has taken years to come together. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 11 May 2021 Some artifacts still remain, like the roughly century-old rake (to mix the mash) that was once used to brew the beer in Rhode Island., 7 May 2021 In the nineteen-eighties, the population had grown, and anger over inaction began to brew on Staten Island. Robin Kaiser-schatzlein, The New Yorker, 24 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun So if Dad likes a brew, this might be the cup for him. Marah Eakin, USA TODAY, 8 June 2021 So time to get cracking and a brew a cup of stimulation, yes? Ed Silverman, STAT, 7 June 2021 With that in mind, here are some of the top Caribbean beaches worth experiencing with a cold brew in hand. Rondel Holder, Travel + Leisure, 27 May 2021 Grainworks Brewing Company and Holtman’s Donuts have teamed up to create a mind-bending brew that takes a hard left turn from your preconceived notions. Matt Koesters, The Enquirer, 22 Apr. 2021 It’s doggie nirvana at this sprawling complex that’s half beer garden and half dog park complete with a puppy playground equipped with obstacles for your dogs to play on while the grownups sip a cold brew or munch a burger. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 14 Apr. 2021 The adjacent bar and outdoor patio with fire pit are the ideal places to sip a local brew and enjoy panoramic views of Mt. Washington after a day outdoors. Everett Potter, Forbes, 11 Apr. 2021 People parked across the street and congregated around the walk-up window, taking pictures and ordering the #44 — the drink Joe gets, a cold brew with vanilla cream. Annie Heilbrunn, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Apr. 2021 Just kicking back, eating a Dodger Dog, drinking a cold brew and watching the Boys in Periwinkle. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, 6 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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“Brew.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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)

chiefly US : a drink (such as beer or ale) that is made by brewing
British : a cup of tea
: a mixture of different things


\ 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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