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brew

brew

 
pronunciation:
bru
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: brewed, brewing, brews
definition 1: to make (beer or ale) from malt and hops by a process of steeping, boiling, and fermenting.
Our company brews beer in an Old World process.
similar words:
ferment
definition 2: to make (a beverage) by boiling or steeping ingredients.
I'll brew another a pot of coffee.
similar words:
boil, percolate, steep
definition 3: to develop or contrive (sometimes fol. by up).
They brewed up a devious scheme.
synonyms:
concoct, contrive, cook up, devise, scheme
similar words:
arrange, hatch, plan, plot
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to make beer or ale, esp. as an occupation.
Our family has been brewing for over a hundred years.
definition 2: to form or develop in an impending or ominous manner.
Mischief was brewing that Halloween night.A storm seems to be brewing in the west.
similar words:
develop, form, gather, grow, impend, threaten
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a beverage made by brewing.
The witches stirred their brew.
similar words:
ale, beer, beverage, coffee, concoction, drink, lager, tea
definition 2: a specific type or variety of beer or ale.
It's a good liquor store, but they don't stock my favorite brew.
similar words:
ale, beer, lager, porter, stout
definition 3: (informal) a bottle or glass of beer or ale.
We'd been out having a couple of brews.
similar words:
ale, beer, lager
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derivation: brewer (n.)
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