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Brew (verb active)

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To Brew. v.a. [brouwen, Dutch; brawen, German; bꞃuƿan, Saxon.]

  1. To make liquours by mixing several ingredients.

    We have drinks also brewed with several herbs, and roots, and spices. Bacon.

              Mercy guard me!
    Hence with thy brew'd enchantments, foul deceiver.

  2. To prepare by mixing things together.

    Here's neither rush nor shrub to bear off any weather at all, and another storm brewing. Shakesp. Tempest.

    Take away these chalices; go, brew me a pottle of sack finely. Shakesp. Merry Wives of Windsor.

    Or brew fierce tempests on the watry main,
    On o'er the globe distil the kindly rain.
    Pope's R. of the L.

  3. To contrive; to plot.

    I found it to be the most malicious and frantick surmise, and the most contrary to his nature, that, I think, had ever been brewed from the beginning of the world, howsoever countenanced by a libellous pamphlet of a fugitive physician, even in print. Wotton.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor (95) · Milton, John (449) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Shakespeare's Tempest (50) · Wotton, Henry (48)

Attributes: Dutch (90) · German (30) · Saxon (215) · Verb Active (289)

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