regrate

1
[ri-greyt]
verb (used with object), re·grat·ed, re·grat·ing.
  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 regrate

1
1400–50; late Middle English regraten < Old French regrater, perhaps equivalent to re- re- + grater to scrape (see grate2)
Related formsre·grat·er, noun

regrate

2
[ri-greyt]
verb (used with object), re·grat·ed, re·grat·ing.
  1. to dress or tool (existing stonework) anew.

Origin of regrate

2
1720–30; < French regratter, equivalent to re- re- + gratter to grate2
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Examples from the Web for regrate

Historical Examples of regrate

  • 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 certantie understand, the said Maister George tooke his leave of Kyle, and that with the regrate of many.


British Dictionary definitions for regrate

regrate

verb (tr)
  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 Formsregrater, noun

Word Origin for regrate

C15: from Old French regrater perhaps from re- + grater to scratch
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