\ 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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The restaurant with its 1920s service station and prohibition ambiance is known as the place for a burger and brew served with a side of automotive history. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 9 Sep. 2022 For workers just now going back to offices, a more contemporary welcome can include company swag, cold brew on tap and cash bonuses. Callum Borchers, WSJ, 1 Sep. 2022 However, despite its popularity, many people still prefer a specialty drink or brew from a local mom-and-pop shop. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 31 Aug. 2022 All told, Hammon and two assistants brew enough beer each week to fill six 31-gallon barrels, about 372 gallons total. Mark Eddington, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Aug. 2022 Coffee lovers will enjoy sipping their morning or afternoon brew in these marbling ceramic coffee mugs. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 16 Aug. 2022 Seeing the ruckus brew from afar, D.J. Moore decided to take matters into his own hands and play peacemaker. Ryan Morik, Fox News, 12 Aug. 2022 New England IPA enjoyers will want to give this Niantic Public House brew a try. Blaine Callahan, Hartford Courant, 27 July 2022 Limited amount of the popular Santa's Bribe brew available, free candy canes and Christmas cookies, whit elephant gifts and more. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 10 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Liz Truss became Britain’s third prime minister in just over three years, taking power in a nation that faces a toxic brew of looming recession, high inflation, a historic energy price shock and a sinking currency. WSJ, 7 Sep. 2022 Rogê was drawn to samba-funk, a contemporary brew of samba, soul, reggae and the slick, orchestrated polish of Motown. James Gavin, Los Angeles Times, 18 Aug. 2022 Donald Trump and the likes of Kari Lake have taken this tendency and wedded it to election trutherism in a particularly toxic and powerful brew. The Editors, National Review, 1 Aug. 2022 But for a complex brew of reasons, involving everything from overfishing to ecological changes to new regulations, many species have largely disappeared from Maine’s waterfront. Stephanie Hanes, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 July 2022 Stagflation is the bitterest of economic pills: High inflation mixes with a weak job market to cause a toxic brew that punishes consumers and befuddles economists. Paul Wiseman, Chicago Tribune, 8 June 2022 The global economy could be heading for slow growth, rising prices and high unemployment, economists are warning, a toxic brew that could hamper countries’ recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Jeanne Whalen, Washington Post, 8 June 2022 The restaurant’s brew of horror, extreme metal and veganism is what’s drawing repeat customers, Mr. Roach said, including hard-core carnivores. New York Times, 18 Oct. 2021 The band’s brew of indie pop and Welch’s distinctive mezzo-soprano voice – enticing on record – is even more striking on stage. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 2 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for brew


\ 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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