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

before 900; Middle English brewen, Old English brēowan; akin to Dutch brouwen, German brauen, Old Norse brugga

brewer, noun
misbrew, verb (used with object)
rebrew, verb
unbrewed, adjective
underbrew, verb (used with object)
well-brewed, adjective

1. brewed, brood (see synonym study at brood) ; 2. brews, bruise.

4. concoct, scheme, plot, devise, hatch, cook up. Unabridged
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brew1 (bruː)
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 plan: to brew a plot
4.  (intr) to be in the process of being brewed: the tea was brewing in the pot
5.  (intr) to be impending or forming: there's a storm brewing
6.  a beverage produced by brewing, esp tea or beer: a strong brew
7.  an instance or time of brewing: last year's brew
8.  a mixture: an eclectic brew of mysticism and political discontent
[Old English brēowan; related to Old Norse brugga, Old Saxon breuwan, Old High German briuwan]

brew2 (bruː)
dialect (Northern English) a hill

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Word Origin & History

O.E. breowan "to brew" (class II strong verb, past tense breaw, past participle browen), from P.Gmc. *breuwan "to brew" (cf. O.N. brugga, O.Fris. briuwa, M.Du. brouwen, O.H.G. briuwan, Ger. brauen "to brew"), from PIE base *bhreue- "to bubble, boil, effervesce" (cf. Skt. bhurnih "violent, passionate,"
Gk. phrear "well, spring, cistern," L. fervere "to boil, foam," Thracian Gk. brytos "fermented liquor made from barley," Rus. bruja "current," O.Ir. bruth "heat;" O.E. beorma "yeast;" O.H.G. brato "roast meat"), the original sense thus being "make a drink by boiling." Related: Brewed; brewing. The noun is c.1500, from the verb.
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Example sentences
He had all the ingredients of a happy life and yet somehow had brewed them into
Then she hid in her dress the phial with the liquid she had brewed and the
  apples that had grown upon the withered branch.
They stayed put while the grain grew and while the beer was brewed.
So you have ethanol which is brewed from sugarcane or corn.
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