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brew

verb uk   /bruː/ us  

brew verb (DRINK)

[T] to make beer [I or T] If you brew tea or coffee, you add boiling water to it to make a hot drink, and if it brews, it gradually develops flavour in the container in which it was made: [+ two objects] He brewed us some coffee./He brewed some coffee for us.

brew verb (BAD SITUATION)

[I] If an unpleasant situation or a storm is brewing, you feel that it is about to happen: It was too quiet - I felt that trouble was brewing. A storm was brewing in the distance.

brew

noun uk   /bruː/ us  

brew noun (DRINK)

[C] a type of beer, especially one made in a particular place or at a particular time [C usually singular] UK informal a drink of tea or a drink of beer: Make us a brew, Bren.

brew noun (MIX)

[C] a mixture of several things: They gave her a strange brew to drink. War, with its fear, its deprivation, its excitement and violence makes for a very heady brew (= powerful combination).
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