Definition of brew in English:

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Pronunciation: /bro͞o/


[with object]
1Make (beer) by soaking, boiling, and fermentation.
Example sentences
  • The brewery wants to be seen as the good guys, brewing a clean beer.
  • They brew cask beers using only traditional methods and use mainly locally grown hops wherever possible.
  • Bock beer was traditionally brewed in the fall.
ferment, make
2Make (tea or coffee) by mixing it with hot water: I’ve just brewed some coffee [no object]: he did a crossword while the tea brewed
More example sentences
  • Then she added water and started brewing the coffee.
  • He then told me that he had forgotten to remove the coffee grounds from the maker before I brewed my tea.
  • He also brewed a jasmine tea that he had found in one of the cupboards.
prepare, infuse, make, steep, stew
2.1 (brew up) British informal Make tea.
Example sentences
  • He brewed up some tea and started a fire while Jocelyn dried her face and cleaned herself up a little.
  • The dark-haired lady smiled and began brewing up some cold tea.
  • She had brewed up some sassafras tea and given him a mug to drink in front of the fire.
3 [no object] (Of an unwelcome event or situation) begin to develop: there was more trouble brewing as the airline pilots went on strike a storm was brewing
More example sentences
  • First of all, we don't have that situation brewing right now.
  • Tensions arising from this situation brewed for several years.
  • A similar debate is brewing on the other side of the Atlantic.
develop, loom, threaten, impend, be imminent, be on the horizon, be in the offing


1A kind of beer: nonalcoholic brews
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  • The problems are the same as with other new product explosions of recent years, such as non-alcohol brews.
  • Company products include specialty beers, malt beverages and non-alcoholic brews.
  • Beer fans will love the selection of brews offered at Clubhouse.
1.1 informal A serving of beer.
Example sentences
  • He reached into the fridge and brought out another pair of brew, placing it beside Sofia's empty bottle.
  • It featured 377 breweries pouring brews for more than 29,500 attendees.
  • My officemates liked having cold brews on tap.
2A cup or mug of tea or coffee.
Example sentences
  • It is well known among soldiers for delivering hot and cold brews and biscuits.
  • After stirring the hot brew once more, she set the bowl aside and turned to Will.
  • You've just got to try drinking a herbal brew from a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner.
drink, beverage;
tea, coffee
3A mixture of events, people, or things that interact to form a more potent whole: a dangerous brew of political turmoil and violent conflict
More example sentences
  • Still, given the potent brew of personalities, it was natural that rumours would flourish, and they did.
  • It's a potent brew of emotions that is imparted with much laughter through tears.
  • New public management is a complex brew of political, economic and managerial claims.
mixture, mix, blend, combination, amalgam, mishmash, hodgepodge


Old English brēowan (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch brouwen and German brauen.

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