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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.
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Origin of regrate1

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


verb (used with object), re·grat·ed, re·grat·ing.
  1. to dress or tool (existing stonework) anew.
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Origin of regrate2

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

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.

  • The statutes against forestalling, regrating, and engrossing were not formally repealed until 1844.

    Concerning Justice

    Lucilius A. Emery

British Dictionary definitions for regrating


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)
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Derived Formsregrater, noun

Word Origin

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