\ 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 In Polk County, mistrust between foster parents and certain child welfare workers had been brewing since at least 2017, DHS found during its spring 2019 investigation of Daeschner. oregonlive, "Foster care supervisor who drew criticism, lawsuits continues long career at DHS after internal investigation," 30 Nov. 2019 For example, the South Orlando route stops by Ellipsis, Rockpit and Castle Church brewing companies. Patrick Connolly,, "A Hop On! brewery tour is a great gift for the beer lover in your life," 29 Nov. 2019 But Benedict has something else in mind: Trouble has been brewing at the Vatican, in the form of scandals pointing to financial corruption. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The Two Popes Is a Portrait of Complicated Friendship—With a Dash of Papal Pizazz," 26 Nov. 2019 When Grant’s brewing company closed in 2004, Papago decided to create their own mandarin and vanilla flavored beer. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Everything you need to know about Papago Orange Blossom, one of Arizona's favorite beers," 21 Nov. 2019 The plan is to create the Baron's Beer Garden honoring Milwaukee's historic legacy of brewing beer. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee County is hoping to tap a beer garden for one of the concourses at Mitchell Airport," 20 Nov. 2019 In October, Miley was hospitalized for tonsillitis, but then doctors discovered that there was also an issue in her vocal chords, one that had actually been brewing for years. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Miley Cyrus Must Be Silent For Several Weeks in Order to Recover from Health Issue," 11 Nov. 2019 How to hack a Keurig Popular Keurig coffee-brewing systems that brew single cups of coffee generally make weak-tasting coffee, and the plastic coffee pods required for these systems are bad for the environment, says Bittman. NBC News, "How to make a better cup of coffee, according to Mark Bittman," 10 Nov. 2019 Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Benioff and Weiss' exit has been brewing since August. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "Divided Attention and Toxic Fandom: Why the 'Game of Thrones' Duo Bailed on 'Star Wars'," 30 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Its line of brews includes its bestselling Original flavor, which has the crisp, fresh taste of a pilsner. Kate Krader | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "What Drinks to Serve Non-Drinkers This Thanksgiving," 28 Nov. 2019 Legacy beer companies have been venturing into new territory amid years of declining volume sales of mass market domestic brews. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz,, "From Miller Lite to aloe-infused water: Molson Coors buys stake in health-focused beverage maker," 18 Nov. 2019 The Bay Area’s coffee houses are going all in on the topic of chilly brews. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, "7 amazing Bay Area things to do over July 4th weekend," 4 July 2019 The supply chain hiccup represents tragedy or opportunity depending on where pub patrons stand in a decadeslong battle of the brews. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "Disaster Looms for British Pubs: Beer Shortage During the World Cup," 25 June 2018 There was also afternoon tenderloin at Aristocrat, a trip to Newfields, food at Public Greens and brews at the Red Key Tavern. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "New York Times really likes Indianapolis! Even if sometimes it doesn't sound like it.," 14 Nov. 2019 The day will also feature tasty tunes and assorted brews on tap. Houston Chronicle, "The Go List: HOU-ATX BBQ Throwdown, Los Vivancos," 14 Nov. 2019 At a Starbucks in Clarendon half a mile away, the best option for caffeine seekers was cold brew — which store manager Erwin Hernandez said was safe to drink because it had been brewed before Friday. Rachel Chason, Washington Post, "Arlington residents hunt for coffee and bottled water after water main break," 9 Nov. 2019 Stickmen, which has a second brewery in Tualatin that includes a pizza and beer hall, brews IPAs, pale ales and other traditional pub styles in addition to lagers, sours, farmhouses and barrel-aged beers. oregonlive, "Oregon beer this week: Bent Shovel finds a spot, Stickmen pop-up, plus events," 8 Nov. 2019

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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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4 Dec 2019

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“Brew.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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How to pronounce brew (audio)

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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