\ 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 None of those brands, however, has its own brewery: All contract brew their beers at larger breweries. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, 23 June 2022 Via will brew on the 20-barrel system at Barrett Beverage in Clackamas, a contract brewer and distiller that debuted last summer when Kings & Daughters’ began brewing there. oregonlive, 25 Feb. 2022 When a football player from South L.A. is recruited to play at a Beverly Hills high school, cultures clash and rivalries brew. Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 15 July 2022 And while these mystery relatives have (presumably) never spent much time in front of a camera, most of them get the hang of reality TV pretty quick: Alliances form, betrayals brew, and tears flow. Leah Greenblatt,, 8 July 2022 The new law was supported by Utah’s vibrant craft brew scene with plenty to choose from in Salt Lake. Ashley Stahl, Forbes, 6 June 2022 The event kicks off Friday evening with a rum and brew tasting fund-raiser, and continues Saturday with the JerkFest as well as a Hot Sauce Fest, in addition to musical performances., 22 June 2022 An adjustable cappuccino system has a frother to make foam as thick as any Italian cafe, and the machine itself can brew a single or double espresso. Margaux Lushing, Forbes, 16 June 2022 The Sriracha deviled eggs are the second bestselling appetizer at Gulp restaurant and brew pub in Playa Vista. Jenn Harriscolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Interesting choices like the New Orleans iced mocha, crafted with a housemade 20-hour cold brew, chicory, mocha and milk, plus trusty standbys like Vietnamese iced coffee and chai lattes await. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 1 Aug. 2022 Hops on the Hill Farm have a unique beer that draws on East and West coast styles of IPA and brings them together into a piney, citrusy brew. Blaine Callahan, Hartford Courant, 20 July 2022 Many of us start our day with a cup of Arabica coffee, the world’s most popular brew, which is under threat due to rising temperatures and deforestation. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 July 2022 Valentine coffee is served daily, and the menu includes cold brew, lattes, frappes and smoothies plus aguas frescas for summer. Kristine M. Kierzek, Journal Sentinel, 7 July 2022 This method allows for a heady, full-bodied brew while instantly chilling the drink to keep bitterness in check. Max Falkowitz, Bon Appétit, 5 May 2022 Expecting mothers will find joy in the pregnancy spa set, while brew lovers will rave about the beer bucket. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 18 July 2022 The leftover cereals from that brew went into my mushroom pie, imbuing the crust with an earthy density. Liza Weisstuch, Washington Post, 8 July 2022 Everyone's favorite '90s sitcom features Central Perk brew, and what better way to match with your BFF than wearing a Friends shirt? Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 29 June 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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\ 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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