Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “brew”


verb [I/T]    /bru/
(of tea or coffee) to become stronger in taste in the container in which it is made, or to make a hot drink or beer: [T] He’s working on a new way to brew the perfect cup of coffee. If something bad is brewing, it is about to start: [I] I felt that trouble was brewing.
(Definition of brew verb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of brew

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Beer & cider, but you might be interested in these topics from the Drink topic area:

More American English definitions for “brew”

Definitions of “brew” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


friendly or helpful

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More