regrate

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

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.

Nearby words

  1. rego,
  2. regolith,
  3. regorge,
  4. regosol,
  5. regr.,
  6. regrating,
  7. regreet,
  8. regress,
  9. regression,
  10. regression analysis

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 ]
/ rɪˈgreɪt /

verb (used with object), re·grat·ed, re·grat·ing.

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

  • 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.

  • No one was to forestall or regrate, that is, buy at one price and sell at a higher price in the same locale.



British Dictionary definitions for regrate

regrate

/ (rɪˈɡreɪt) /

verb (tr)

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 Formsregrater, noun

Word Origin for regrate

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

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