\ 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 Yet here in the States, most people don’t know the highly educated microbiologist and former SABMiller brewer exists; or that a handful of women also own, manage and brew at craft breweries across the continent. Tara Nurin, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2021 Perfect for the caffeine junkie in your life, this way-chic single-serve coffee machine uses K-Cup pods to brew 6- to 12-ounces of coffee at a time. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, 30 Nov. 2020 This durable, lightweight coffee maker is the ideal way to brew beans at the office, camping, or on the road. Leah Koenig, Forbes, 29 June 2021 There's also this space-saving Keurig on sale for $50, which is a great value for a machine that can brew a hot cup of coffee in just a few minutes. Amina Lake Abdelrahman,, 21 June 2021 For the latter, finding the best coffee maker to brew your perfect cup of coffee requires some strategy. Samantha Rees, Vogue, 25 Apr. 2021 Add one teaspoon of cocoa nibs per two tablespoons of coffee grounds and brew. Kim Luongo,, 29 Mar. 2021 So like anyone in search of answers, the actor took to Twitter to crowdsource ideas on how to brew the best cup. Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2021 In Riverwest, Gathering Place helped form the Riverwest Brewery Syndicate with Lakefront Brewing, Black Husky Brewing and Company Brewing to put on events featuring their beers or to team up to brew one specialty beer together. Ricardo Torres, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sometimes, wildfires can create a scary witch's brew of weather including pyrocumulus clouds, thunderstorms, dry lightning and even fire tornadoes. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 20 July 2021 The squares were submerged in a brew of warm water, salt, and a version of the leaf-digesting enzyme found in compost, altered by French researchers to bind more tightly with the plastic and withstand higher temperatures. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, 1 July 2021 In Cemetery Boys, Thomas concocts a perfect brew of humor, mystery, and romance. Ew Staff,, 22 June 2021 That brew is merely one of the many ways in which Lisk and the Riptide are trying to maintain interest in a team—and a league, the National Lacrosse League—which will go for nearly two years without playing a game. J.p. Pelzman, Forbes, 28 May 2021 In any case, the brew is probably without lasting ill effects. Dominic Pino, National Review, 27 May 2021 The french press brew is a classic amongst coffee lovers for its simplicity and rich, bold flavor. Samantha Rees, Vogue, 25 Apr. 2021 Consumers appreciated the brew of convenience and cleanliness. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, 22 Apr. 2021 Garnished with a hefty pour of milk and a generous scoop of crushed ice, the mild brew accompanied by a pork pate banh mi is perfect picnic fare for a Houston spring day. Joanna O'leary, Chron, 5 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)

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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