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Noun, Verb (usu participle), Verb (transitive), Verb (intransitive)


Noun brew has 1 sense

Verb brew has 2 senses


brewv. t. [OE. brewen, AS. breówan; akin to D. brouwen, OHG. priuwan, MHG. briuwen, br, G. brauen, Icel. brugga, Sw. brygga, Dan. brygge, and perh. to L. defrutum must boiled down, Gr. bry^ton (for fry^ton?) a kind of beer. The original meaning seems to have been to prepare by heat. Broth, Bread.].
  •  To boil or seethe; to cook.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To prepare, as beer or other liquor, from malt and hops, or from other materials, by steeping, boiling, and fermentation.  Shak.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To prepare by steeping and mingling; to concoct.  [1913 Webster]
    "Go, brew me a pottle of sack finely."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To foment or prepare, as by brewing; to contrive; to plot; to concoct; to hatch; as, to brew mischief.  [1913 Webster]
    "Hence with thy brewed enchantments, foul deceiver!"  [1913 Webster]
brewv. i. 
  •  To attend to the business, or go through the processes, of brewing or making beer.  [1913 Webster]
    "I wash, wring, brew, bake, scour."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To be in a state of preparation; to be mixing, forming, or gathering; as, a storm brews in the west.  [1913 Webster]
    "There is some ill a-brewing towards my rest."  [1913 Webster]
     The mixture formed by brewing; that which is brewed.  Bacon.  [1913 Webster]


brew, v. & n.
1 tr. a make (beer etc.) by infusion, boiling, and fermentation. b make (tea etc.) by infusion or (punch etc.) by mixture.
2 intr. undergo either of these processes (the tea is brewing).
3 intr. (of trouble, a storm, etc.) gather force; threaten (mischief was brewing).
4 tr. bring about; set in train; concoct (brewed their fiendish scheme).
1 an amount (of beer etc.) brewed at one time (this year's brew).
2 what is brewed (esp. with regard to its quality) (a good strong brew).
3 the action or process of brewing.

brew up make tea. brew-up n. an instance of making tea.
brewer n.
OE breowan f. Gmc



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VB mix, join, combine, commix, immix, intermix, mix up with, mingle, commingle, intermingle, bemingle, shuffle, pound together, hash up, stir up, knead, brew, impregnate with, interlard, intertwine, interweave, associate with, miscegenate, be mixed, get among, be entangled with, instill, imbue, infuse, suffuse, transfuse, infiltrate, dash, tinge, tincture, season, sprinkle, besprinkle, attemper, medicate, blend, cross, alloy, amalgamate, compound, adulterate, sophisticate, infect.


VB prepare, get ready, make ready, make preparations, settle preliminaries, get up, sound the note of preparation, set in order, put in order, forecast, prepare the ground, plow the ground, dress the ground, till the soil, cultivate the soil, predispose, sow the seed, lay a train, dig a mine, lay the groundwork, fix the groundwork, lay the basis, fix the basis, lay the foundations, fix the foundations, dig the foundations, erect the scaffolding, lay the first stone, roughhew, cut out work, block out, hammer out, lick into shape, elaborate, mature, ripen, mellow, season, bring to maturity, nurture, hatch, cook, brew, temper, anneal, smelt, barbecue, infumate, maturate, equip, arm, man, fit-out, fit up, furnish, rig, dress, garnish, betrim, accouter, array, fettle, fledge, dress up, furbish up, brush up, vamp up, refurbish, sharpen one's tools, trim one's foils, set, prime, attune, whet the knife, whet the sword, wind up, screw up, adjust, put in trim, put in train, put in gear, put in working order, put in tune, put in a groove for, put in harness, pack, train, inure, breed, prepare for, rehearse, make provision for, take steps, take measures, take precautions, provide, provide against, beat up for recruits, open the door to, set one's house in order, make all snug, clear the decks, clear for action, close one's ranks, shuffle the cards, prepare oneself, serve an apprenticeship, lay oneself out for, get into harness, gird up one's loins, buckle on one's armor, reculer pour mieux sauter, prime and load, shoulder arms, get the steam up, put the horses to, guard against, make sure against, forearm, make sure, prepare for the evil day, have a rod in pickle, provide against a rainy day, feather one's nest, lay in provisions, make investments, keep on foot, be prepared, be ready, hold oneself in readiness, keep one's powder dry, lie in wait for, anticipate, principiis obstare, veniente occurrere morbo.

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