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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Brew \Brew\ (br[udd]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Brewed (br[udd]d); p. pr. & vb. n. Brewing.] [OE. brewen, AS. bre['o]wan; akin to D. brouwen, OHG. priuwan, MHG. briuwen, br[=u]wen, 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. [root]93. Cf. Broth, Bread.] 1. To boil or seethe; to cook. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. To prepare, as beer or other liquor, from malt and hops, or from other materials, by steeping, boiling, and fermentation. "She brews good ale." --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. To prepare by steeping and mingling; to concoct. [1913 Webster] Go, brew me a pottle of sack finely. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. 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! --Milton. [1913 Webster]