What does brew mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. brew, brewageverb

    drink made by steeping and boiling and fermenting rather than distilling

  2. brewverb

    prepare by brewing

    "people have been brewing beer for thousands of years"

  3. brewverb

    sit or let sit in boiling water so as to extract the flavor

    "the tea is brewing"


  1. brewnoun

    The mixture formed by brewing; that which is brewed; a brewage.

  2. brewnoun

    A beer.

  3. brewnoun

    A cup of tea.

  4. brewnoun

    The act of making a cup of tea.

  5. brewnoun

    A hill.

  6. brewverb

    To prepare (usually a beverage) by steeping and mingling; to concoct.

  7. brewverb

    To foment or prepare, as by brewing; to contrive; to plot; to hatch.

  8. brewverb

    To attend to the business, or go through the processes, of brewing or making beer.

  9. brewverb

    To be in a state of preparation; to be mixing, forming, or gathering.

  10. brewverb

    To boil or seethe; to cook.

  11. Etymology: brewen, from breowan, from brewwanan, from bʰreuh₁- (compare Welsh berw ‘boiling’, Latin fervere, Albanian brumë, Russian ‘current’, Sanskrit ‘motion of water’).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Brewnoun

    Manner of brewing; or thing brewed.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Trial would be made of the like brew with potato roots, or burr roots, or the pith of artichokes, which are nourishing meats. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 47.

  2. To BREWverb

    Etymology: brouwen, Dutch; brawen, German; briwan, Saxon.

    We have drinks also brewed with several herbs, and roots, and spices. Francis Bacon.

    Mercy guard me!
    Hence with thy brew’d enchantments, foul deceiver. John Milton.

    Here’s neither rush nor shrub to bear off any weather at all, and another storm brewing. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    Take away these chalices; go, brew me a pottle of sack finely. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    Or brew fierce tempests on the watry main,
    Or o’er the globe distil the kindly rain. Alexander Pope, R. of the L.

    I found it to be the most malicious and frantick surmise, and the most contrary to his nature, that, I think, had ever been brewed from the beginning of the world, howsoever countenanced by a libellous pamphlet of a fugitive physician, even in print. Henry Wotton.

  3. To Brewverb

    To perform the office of a brewer.

    I keep his house, and wash, wring, brew, bake, scour, dress meat, and make the beds, and do all myself. William Shakespeare.


  1. brew

    Brew is a verb that means to make a beverage like beer, tea, or coffee by boiling, steeping, or fermenting. It can also refer to the process of developing or forming something, especially an idea, plan, or state of affairs, over a period of time. As a noun, brew typically refers to a particular kind of beer or a mixture of events or influences that combine to form a more significant impact.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Brewverb

    to boil or seethe; to cook

  2. Brewverb

    to prepare, as beer or other liquor, from malt and hops, or from other materials, by steeping, boiling, and fermentation

  3. Brewverb

    to prepare by steeping and mingling; to concoct

  4. Brewverb

    to foment or prepare, as by brewing; to contrive; to plot; to concoct; to hatch; as, to brew mischief

  5. Brewverb

    to attend to the business, or go through the processes, of brewing or making beer

  6. Brewverb

    to be in a state of preparation; to be mixing, forming, or gathering; as, a storm brews in the west

  7. Brewnoun

    the mixture formed by brewing; that which is brewed


  1. Brew

    Brew is a small, plain bay Thoroughbred gelding who won the 2000 Melbourne Cup for trainer Mike Moroney and jockey Kerrin McEvoy. Brew carried the lightweight of 49.5 kilos, and defeated the veteran Yippyio and the stablemate Second Coming. After finishing second to Yippyio in the Moonee Valley Cup, Brew qualified for the Melbourne Cup by winning The Dalgety on Derby Day, three days before the Cup. Brew was a son of the Sir Tristram and the champion New Zealand racemare and Japan Cup winner Horlicks, but, unfortunately for such a well-bred horse, was gelded before showing his best form. The Melbourne Cup was Brew's last win. Brew is now at Living Legends, the International Home of Rest for Champion Horses located in Woodlands Historic Park, Greenvale, Victoria, Australia.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Brew

    brōō, v.t. to prepare a liquor, as from malt and other materials: to contrive or plot.—v.i. to perform the operation of brewing ale or beer: to be gathering or forming.—ns. Brew′age, something brewed: mixed liquor; Brew′er, one who brews; Brew′ery, Brew′-house, a place for brewing; Brew′ing, the act of making liquor from malt: the quantity brewed at once; Brew′ster (now only Scot.), a brewer. [A.S. bréowan; cf. Ger. brauen.]

Editors Contribution

  1. brewnoun

    Brothers representing enlightened women. 0.) Bedroom enlisted woman. 1.) Begin to develop. 2.) Make tea or coffee by mixing it with hot water. 3.) A mixture of events, people, or things that interact to form a more potent whole. 4.) Building real executive women.

    I have heavenly thoughts when I'm thinking of the moments I will be able to brew with my loved ones on regular basis.

    Etymology: Enjoy

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on March 26, 2024  

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  1. BREW

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BREW

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Brew is ranked #14775 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Brew surname appeared 2,010 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Brew.

    71.6% or 1,440 total occurrences were White.
    23.4% or 472 total occurrences were Black.
    2% or 42 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.7% or 35 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.7% or 14 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.3% or 7 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of brew in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of brew in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of brew in a Sentence

  1. Zoleka Lisa:

    Brewsters Craft want Brewsters Craft category to embrace women in South Africa, bold Brew was just saying, let's celebrate women's month and toast it with the beer.

  2. Danelle Kosmal:

    First, it’s important for brewers to prioritize weekends for their biggest events in-store or at the brew pub and tasting rooms. This is when craft drinkers are thinking most about beer-drinking occasions.

  3. Thomas Kjelfred:

    We call it Carlsberg brand and experience center, (But) it's not a brand house, it's a brew house. Until six years ago, we brewed 200 million liters a beer (here).

  4. Stephen Shapiro:

    There's no waste at all, you brew what you drink and that's it.

  5. Alyssa Pike:

    Consider whether you have enough caffeine to get you through a few weeks, you may need to create your own latte or brew your own pot of coffee if you don't want to or can not venture to your favorite coffee shop.

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