• enPR: bro͞o, IPA: /bɹuː/, /bɹɪʊ̯/

brew (brews, present participle brewing; past and past participle brewed)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To make tea or coffee by mixing tea leaves or coffee beans with hot water.
    • 1935, Christopher Isherwood, Mr Norris Changes Trains, Penguin, 1942, Chapter Eleven, p. 113,
      Elderly people sat indoors, in the damp. shabby houses, brewing malt coffee or weak tea and talking without animation […]
  2. (transitive) To heat wine, infusing it with spices; to mull.
    • circa 1600 William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Act III, Scene 5,
      Go, brew me a pottle of sack finely.
  3. (transitive, intransitive) To make a hot soup by combining ingredients and boiling them in water.
  4. (transitive, intransitive) To make beer by steeping a starch source in water and fermenting the resulting sweet liquid with yeast.
  5. (transitive) To foment or prepare, as by brewing
    Synonyms: contrive, plot, hatch
    • 1634, John Milton, Comus (Milton), in Poems of Mr. John Milton, London: Humphrey Mosely, 1645, p. 106,
      Hence with thy brew’d inchantments, foul deceiver […]
  6. (intransitive) To attend to the business, or go through the processes, of brewing or making beer.
    • circa 1600 William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Act I, Scene 4,
      I wash, wring, brew, bake, scour, dress meat and drink […]
  7. (intransitive, of an unwelcome event) To be in a state of preparation; to be mixing, forming, or gathering.
    • circa 1596 William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act II, Scene 5,
      There is some ill a-brewing towards my rest,
  8. (transitive, obsolete) To boil or seethe; to cook.
Translations Translations
  • Italian: bollire
  • Russian: вари́ть
  • German: brauen
  • Russian: вари́ть
  • Russian: плести́
Translations Noun

brew (plural brews)

  1. The mixture formed by brewing; that which is brewed; a brewage, such as a cup of tea or a brewed beer.
  2. (slang) A beer.
Proper noun
  1. Surname

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