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verb (used with object)
  1. to make (beer, ale, etc.) by steeping, boiling, and fermenting malt and hops.
  2. to make or prepare (a beverage, as tea) by mixing, steeping, soaking, or boiling a solid in water.
  3. to concoct, mix, or cook (a beverage or food, especially one containing unmeasured or unusual ingredients): She brewed a pot of soup from the leftovers.
  4. to contrive, plan, or bring about: to brew mischief.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to make a fermented alcoholic malt beverage, as beer or ale.
  2. to boil, steep, soak, or cook: Wait until the tea brews.
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  1. a quantity brewed in a single process.
  2. a particular brewing or variety of malt liquor.
  3. a hot beverage made by cooking a solid in water, especially tea or coffee.
  4. any concoction, especially a liquid produced by a mixture of unusual ingredients: a witches' brew.
  5. Informal.
    1. beer or ale.
    2. an individual serving of beer or ale: Let's have a few brews after the game.
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  1. be brewing, to be forming or gathering; be in preparation: Trouble was brewing.
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Origin of brew

before 900; Middle English brewen, Old English brēowan; akin to Dutch brouwen, German brauen, Old Norse brugga
Related formsbrew·er, nounmis·brew, verb (used with object)re·brew, verbun·brewed, adjectiveun·der·brew, verb (used with object)well-brewed, adjective
Can be confusedbrewed broodbrews bruise

Synonyms for brew

4. concoct, scheme, plot, devise, hatch, cook up.
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Related Words for brewed

mixture, mishmash, liquor, drink, distillation, beverage, blend, broth, melange, seethe, boil, loom, foment, hash, hodgepodge, compound, infusion, preparation, miscellany, potpourri

Examples from the Web for brewed

Contemporary Examples of brewed

Historical Examples of brewed

  • Then he went downstairs and brewed Sir Arthur's morning coffee as usual.

    The Missionary

    George Griffith

  • That was a fine, dark potion you brewed for me last night, Sieglinde!


    James Huneker

  • A kettle of this was brewed, and it served to stimulate and warm them.

    The Gaunt Gray Wolf

    Dillon Wallace

  • There, it might be, the deadly plants from which The Master's poison was brewed were grown.

  • But a light beer is also brewed in Bulgaria, and drunk by the inhabitants.


    Frank Fox

British Dictionary definitions for brewed


  1. to make (beer, ale, etc) from malt and other ingredients by steeping, boiling, and fermentation
  2. to prepare (a drink, such as tea) by boiling or infusing
  3. (tr) to devise or planto brew a plot
  4. (intr) to be in the process of being brewedthe tea was brewing in the pot
  5. (intr) to be impending or formingthere's a storm brewing
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  1. a beverage produced by brewing, esp tea or beera strong brew
  2. an instance or time of brewinglast year's brew
  3. a mixturean eclectic brew of mysticism and political discontent
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See also brew up
Derived Formsbrewer, noun

Word Origin for brew

Old English brēowan; related to Old Norse brugga, Old Saxon breuwan, Old High German briuwan


  1. Northern English dialect a hill
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Word Origin and History for brewed



Old English breowan "to brew" (class II strong verb, past tense breaw, past participle browen), from Proto-Germanic *breuwan "to brew" (cf. Old Norse brugga, Old Frisian briuwa, Middle Dutch brouwen, Old High German briuwan, German brauen "to brew"), from PIE root *bhreue- "to bubble, boil, effervesce" (cf. Sanskrit bhurnih "violent, passionate," Greek phrear "well, spring, cistern," Latin fervere "to boil, foam," Thracian Greek brytos "fermented liquor made from barley," Russian bruja "current," Old Irish bruth "heat;" Old English beorma "yeast;" Old High German brato "roast meat"), the original sense thus being "make a drink by boiling." Related: Brewed; brewing.

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c.1500, "a brewed beverage," from brew (v.).

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