\ 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



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 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 Who would like to brew up the sweet tea and join us? Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Dolly Parton's Heartstrings Gets Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Television Movie," 30 July 2020 Hamilton will brew the tap-only beers for both locations. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Eagle Park's big Muskego taproom opens this month after a delay caused by coronavirus," 1 July 2020 Using a pour-over filter, brew double-strength coffee directly over a carafe of ice. Elizabeth Wallace, CNN Underscored, "6 ways to treat yourself to frozen coffee this summer," 6 July 2020 Consistent shape and size in coffee grounds simply make for a more clean and even brew. Tony Vaz, Popular Science, "Burr grinders for a better tasting cup of coffee," 19 June 2020 The team then plans to brew a Kölsch, an IPA and an amber within the coming weeks. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Here's when highly anticipated Greenwood Brewing will open in downtown Phoenix," 19 June 2020 After a trailer that featured a kiss between Ellie and Dina dropped in 2018, outrage began to brew among a small but loud contingent of fans online. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The Last of Us Part II Is a Revolutionary Video Game—and an Unbelievably Grim One," 12 June 2020 These Milwaukee breweries will participate in a national initiative to brew a beer that would bring awareness to equality issues and raise funds to support police reform and legal defenses. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Looking for a way to support Milwaukee's black community? Buy this beer.," 10 June 2020 This winter, assuming baseball manages to hammer out a deal and play a 2020 season, the sport’s current problems – lack of recognition for its biggest stars, a slow game, a labor war that will brew through 2021 – and its extended ones may collide. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Labor fights, new competition, invisible players: Why MLB may be sports' biggest loser during COVID-19 pandemic," 5 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For more information or to purchase this limited edition brew visit the website here. Sonia Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Love it or hate it, mustard beer is making its debut," 31 July 2020 With the significantly wider opening, the can behaves a lot more like a glass, with all of the aromatic elements of the brew able to hit your nose. Paul Stephen,, "Beer cans turn to beer glasses when cut open with the Draft Top opener, so you can enjoy the aromatics," 30 July 2020 Mask use somehow got tied up in the heady, conspiratorial brew of rugged individualism, 5G paranoia, and anti-vaxx sentiment. Megan Molteni, Wired, "How Masks Went From Don’t-Wear to Must-Have," 2 July 2020 Instead, there’s a long conga line of cars snaking through downtown, stopping here for a Maria’s Tortilla, there for a chicken on a stick, somewhere else, perhaps, for a cold brew. Richard Marini,, "Fiesta this year may have a drive-thru NIOSA — just one option being considered to make Fiesta San Antonio safer," 9 July 2020 Even though the brew pub limited capacity to 45% its usual crowd and tables were at least six feet apart, there were still as many as 225 people inside. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Coronavirus cases tied to East Lansing bar climbs to 152 in 13 Michigan counties," 2 July 2020 The sweetness of the vanilla blend was subtle and delicious, particularly as cold brew. Kai Burkhardt, CNN Underscored, "We tried gold coffee, and loved its unexpected flavor," 30 June 2020 Because putting regular coffee over ice doesn't work: How to make your own cold brew (Video). Arlene Martinez, USA TODAY, "In CA: She dreamed of prepping baby formula with the ease of a coffee maker. So she did," 9 July 2020 Two Huffman locals with experience in home brewing had a dream of making a family-friendly brew pub in their hometown, but the challenges that followed were unexpected. Savannah Mehrtens, Houston Chronicle, "Lake Houston Brewery looks toward the future despite challenges," 3 July 2020

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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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3 Aug 2020

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“Brew.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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