Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make (ale or beer) from malt and hops by infusion, boiling, and fermentation.
  • transitive v. To make (a beverage) by boiling, steeping, or mixing various ingredients: brew tea.
  • transitive v. To concoct; devise: brew a plot to overthrow the government.
  • intransitive v. To make ale or beer as an occupation.
  • intransitive v. To be made by boiling or steeping: As the coffee brewed, I paced in the kitchen.
  • intransitive v. To be imminent; impend: "storms brewing on every frontier” ( John Dos Passos).
  • n. A beverage made by brewing.
  • n. A serving of such a beverage.
  • n. Something produced as if by brewing; a mix: Their politics were a strange brew of idealism and self-interest.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To prepare (usually a beverage) by steeping and mingling; to concoct.
  • v. To foment or prepare, as by brewing; to contrive; to plot; to hatch.
  • v. To attend to the business, or go through the processes, of brewing or making beer.
  • v. To be in a state of preparation; to be mixing, forming, or gathering.
  • v. To boil or seethe; to cook.
  • n. The mixture formed by brewing; that which is brewed; a brewage.
  • n. A beer.
  • n. A cup of tea.
  • n. The act of making a cup of tea.
  • n. A hill.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The mixture formed by brewing; that which is brewed.
  • intransitive v. To attend to the business, or go through the processes, of brewing or making beer.
  • intransitive v. To be in a state of preparation; to be mixing, forming, or gathering.
  • transitive v. To boil or seethe; to cook.
  • transitive v. To prepare, as beer or other liquor, from malt and hops, or from other materials, by steeping, boiling, and fermentation.
  • transitive v. To prepare by steeping and mingling; to concoct.
  • transitive v. To foment or prepare, as by brewing; to contrive; to plot; to concoct; to hatch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To produce as a beverage by fermentation; prepare (beer, ale, or other similar liquor) from malt, or from malt and hops, or from other materials, by steeping, boiling, and fermentation.
  • To prepare by mixing, boiling, or the like; mingle; mix; concoct: as, to brew a bowl of punch; “drinks brewed with several herbs,”
  • To contrive; plot; prepare: as, to brew mischief.
  • To conduct the operations or the business of brewing or making beer.
  • To be in a state of preparation; be mixing, forming, or collecting; be impending: chiefly in the present participle: as, a storm is brewing in the west.
  • n. The mixture formed by brewing; that which is brewed.
  • n. Obsolete form of bree (which see).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. sit or let sit in boiling water so as to extract the flavor
  • n. drink made by steeping and boiling and fermenting rather than distilling
  • v. prepare by brewing

Etymologies

Middle English brewen, from Old English brēowan; see bhreu- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English brewen, from Old English brēowan, from Proto-Germanic *brewwanan, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰreuh₁-, *bʰreh₁u- (compare Welsh berw ‘boiling’, Latin fervēre, Albanian mbruaj ("to knead"), Russian brujá ‘current’, Sanskrit bhurván ‘motion of water’). (Wiktionary)

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  • Mo - perfection in the dead languages, liere j besides some others from viz. the Latin, Greek, and He - Corneille, Racine, &c. the titles brew, it was next the intention of of which are to be found in the his friends to have sent him to the following list: university of Cambridge, thereto 1.

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