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regrate1

[ri-greyt] /rɪˈgreɪt/
verb (used with object), regrated, regrating.
1.
to buy up (grain, provisions, etc.) in order to sell again at a profit in or near the same market.
2.
to sell again (commodities so bought); retail.
Origin of regrate1
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English regraten < Old French regrater, perhaps equivalent to re- re- + grater to scrape (see grate2)
Related forms
regrater, noun

regrate2

[ri-greyt] /rɪˈgreɪt/
verb (used with object), regrated, regrating.
1.
to dress or tool (existing stonework) anew.
Origin
1720-30; < French regratter, equivalent to re- re- + gratter to grate2
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Historical Examples
  • No one was to forestall or regrate, that is, buy at one price and sell at a higher price in the same locale.

  • To regrate was to buy up in the market and sell again in the same market at an advanced price.

    The History of London Walter Besant
  • The certantie understand, the said Maister George tooke his leave of Kyle, and that with the regrate of many.

British Dictionary definitions for regrate

regrate

/rɪˈɡreɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to buy up (commodities) in advance so as to raise their price for profitable resale
2.
to resell (commodities so purchased); retail
3.
(building trades) to redress the surface of (hewn stonework)
Derived Forms
regrater, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French regrater perhaps from re- + grater to scratch
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