A container being used to brew beer.
- An example of to brew is making homemade beer.
- An example of to brew is making coffee in a French press.
- An example of to brew is plotting to free the animals at a zoo.
- to make (beer, ale, etc.) from malt and hops by steeping, boiling, and fermenting
- to make (tea, coffee, etc.) by infusing tea leaves, ground coffee beans, etc. with hot water
- to plan (mischief, trouble, etc.); plot; scheme
Origin of brewMiddle English breuen from Old English breowan: see bread
- to brew beer, ale, etc.
- to begin to form: said of a storm, trouble, etc.
- a beverage that has been brewed
- an amount brewed
- the brewing process
- Informal a drink of beer
verbbrewed, brew·ing, brews
- To make (ale or beer) from malt and hops by infusion, boiling, and fermentation.
- To make (a beverage) by boiling, steeping, or mixing various ingredients: brew tea.
- To concoct; devise: brew a plot to overthrow the government.
- To make ale or beer as an occupation.
- To be made by boiling or steeping: As the coffee brewed, I paced in the kitchen.
- To be imminent; impend: “storms brewing on every frontier” ( John Dos Passos )
- a. A beverage made by brewing.b. A serving of such a beverage.
- Something produced as if by brewing; a mix: Their politics were a strange brew of idealism and self-interest.
Origin of brewMiddle English brewen from Old English brēowan ; see bhreu- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present brews, present participle brewing, simple past and past participle brewed)
- To prepare (usually a beverage) by steeping and mingling; to concoct.
- To foment or prepare, as by brewing; to contrive; to plot; to hatch.
- (intransitive) To attend to the business, or go through the processes, of brewing or making beer.
- (intransitive) To be in a state of preparation; to be mixing, forming, or gathering.
brew - Computer Definition
(Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless) An application development environment from Qualcomm for enhanced cellphone services (e-mail, games, etc.). BREW is directly supported in the CDMA chipsets from Qualcomm, and BREW-enabled applications work no matter what the underlying system software in the cellphone handset. Originally developed for Qualcomm's CDMA technology, BREW has been extended to GSM and TDMA cellular systems. See J2ME and CDMA.