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


[ri-greyt] /rɪˈgreɪt/
verb (used with object), regrated, regrating.
to dress or tool (existing stonework) anew.
1720-30; < French regratter, equivalent to re- re- + gratter to grate2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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


verb (transitive)
to buy up (commodities) in advance so as to raise their price for profitable resale
to resell (commodities so purchased); retail
(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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