regrate

1
[ ri-greyt ]
/ rɪˈgreɪt /

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.

Origin of regrate

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

Related forms

re·grat·er, noun

Definition for regrating (2 of 2)

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 regrating

  • Very wise, too, and very just, were the laws against forestalling and regrating.

    Rural Rides|William Cobbett
  • The statutes against forestalling, regrating, and engrossing were not formally repealed until 1844.

    Concerning Justice|Lucilius A. Emery
  • In the towns there was an outcry against corn merchants, who were guilty of forestalling and regrating.

British Dictionary definitions for regrating

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 Forms

regrater, noun

Word Origin for regrate

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