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
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

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

Delaware’s Dogfish Head sometimes brews with exotic woods such as South American palo santo. William Bostwick, WSJ, "The Taste of Winter, Brewed and Bottled," 21 Feb. 2019 So, unlike your favorite coffee maker, your beer won't brew instantly. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Brew Your Own Beer At Home So Easily With LG's New HomeBrew Device," 9 Jan. 2019 Luckily, though, wellness-minded labels are brewing a crop of all-natural alternatives that jump-start any midday slump. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "These Natural Energy Boosters Are the Cure for a Midday Slump," 24 Oct. 2018 Rather than blowing your budget on coffee-shop iced coffees, brew up a batch yourself! Olivia Hall, The Seattle Times, "Ways to eat well in the summer heat (no stove required)," 13 Aug. 2018 Jon Medlinsky is the owner and beer buyer for Martha in Kensington, one of the premier showcases for all things fermented, brewed, cured, and distilled in the region. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "A panel of experts in beer and wit," 10 May 2018 Certain restaurants in New York seem to gather momentum quietly, the hype brewing only weeks after the menu is revealed. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Bienvenue, L’Avenue! The Parisian Restaurant Lands at Saks With a Designer-Filled First Supper," 1 Feb. 2019 An eight-ounce brewed cup of decaf coffee actually contains two to 12 milligrams of caffeine, the Mayo Clinic states. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "21 Surprising Coffee Facts That Will Perk Up Your Afternoon," 3 Dec. 2018 In fact, there’s a whole other twist brewing right before our eyes. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is Us Just Dropped Two Massive Bombshells," 28 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Sheetz: At this gas and sip joint, customers will offered a free cold brew at any of Sheetz's 500 locations in the Midwest and East Coast. Araceli Cruz, Teen Vogue, "Where to Get Free Coffee and Deals on National Coffee Day," 27 Sep. 2018 Some of his listeners imbibed a few local Iowa brews during his mid-morning talk beneath strings of green Christmas lights and the bar's Irish flags and street signs. Maeve Reston, CNN, "LA Mayor Eric Garcetti courting Iowans during weekend trip," 15 Apr. 2018 Stay hydrated — or just transport your morning cold brew — in this cool and customizable reusable cup. Olivia Hall, The Seattle Times, "Ways to eat well in the summer heat (no stove required)," 13 Aug. 2018 In-the-know Parisians seek out the novelty of shakshuka or green eggs with their specialty brews. Lindsey Tramuta, Condé Nast Traveler, "22 Best Cafés and Coffee Shops in Paris," 3 Mar. 2018 At the San Juanero club in Bogotá’s industrial district, the music booms, the roof leaks, and the walls are festooned with posters for Heineken, Tecate, Sol, Miller Genuine Draft, and three local brews: Poker, Aguila and Club Colombia. John Otis, WSJ, "Colombia Wants to Boost Its National Sport. That Might Mean Less Beer.," 4 Dec. 2018 Beer lovers will love exploring the selection of the local small-batch brews on tap and by the bottle, from solid stouts like Le Puck to sour creations like the Blue Bell by La Souche. Isa Tousignant, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips From Montreal," 17 Aug. 2018 Reporter’s note: American Craft Beer Week is May 14-20, the perfect opportunity to celebrate local craft brews while having a good time out. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "American Craft Beer Week: Host a beer tasting," 18 May 2018 Turvey makes everything from bread to beer-seasoned crackers using mostly local or state-made brews. Audrey J. Kirby, Post-Tribune, "Muncie woman uses Hoosier-made craft beer to make cupcakes," 27 Apr. 2018

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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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brew

verb

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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