- 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 regrate
No one was to forestall or regrate, that is, buy at one price and sell at a higher price in the same locale.Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed.
S. A. Reilly
To regrate was to buy up in the market and sell again in the same market at an advanced price.The History of London
The certantie understand, the said Maister George tooke his leave of Kyle, and that with the regrate of many.
- 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