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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. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • Very wise, too, and very just, were the laws against forestalling and regrating.

    Rural Rides William Cobbett
  • In the towns there was an outcry against corn merchants, who were guilty of forestalling and regrating.

    William Pitt and the Great War John Holland Rose
  • The statutes against forestalling, regrating, and engrossing were not formally repealed until 1844.

    Concerning Justice Lucilius A. Emery
British Dictionary definitions for regrating


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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