- 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
- to dress or tool (existing stonework) anew.
Origin of regrate2
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Examples from the Web for regrating
Very wise, too, and very just, were the laws against forestalling and regrating.Rural Rides
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The statutes against forestalling, regrating, and engrossing were not formally repealed until 1844.Concerning Justice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
- 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)
C15: from Old French regrater perhaps from re- + grater to scratch
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