sub·​di·​vide | \ ˌsəb-də-ˈvīd How to pronounce subdivide (audio) , ˈsəb-də-ˌvīd \
subdivided; subdividing; subdivides

Definition of subdivide

transitive verb

1 : to divide the parts of into more parts
2 : to divide into several parts especially : to divide (a tract of land) into building lots

intransitive verb

: to separate or become separated into subdivisions

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Other Words from subdivide

subdividable \ ˌsəb-​də-​ˈvī-​də-​bəl How to pronounce subdividable (audio) , ˈsəb-​də-​ˌvī-​ \ adjective
subdivider noun

Examples of subdivide in a Sentence

The house is being subdivided into several apartments. The people who attend the conference can be subdivided into three distinct groups. He plans to subdivide his property. The land will be subdivided into building lots.
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Recent Examples on the Web Instead the moderate vote is spread thin across five campaigns — and likely to be subdivided even further when Michael Bloomberg begins to appear on ballots. Matthew Walther, TheWeek, "The Democratic establishment is out of time," 12 Feb. 2020 Vial’s clients are attempting to get approval to subdivide two lots in Washington County that sit in a forest conservation district, a land-use designation meant to encourage logging and other uses. Rob Davis | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Top Oregon secretary of state official moonlights as private attorney while public pays $170,000 salary," 1 Nov. 2019 That antipathy has inevitably become more nuanced, or at least subdivided, as tech ranks fill up with many in this same cohort. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Google Confronts Its Bolsheviks," 13 Nov. 2018 When between 10 and 20 acres, the park may not be subdivided, and must remain under common ownership and control. Mary Grace Keller,, "Carroll County nears milestone in comprehensive rezoning; commissioners intend to adopt changes Dec. 12," 2 Dec. 2019 Built originally as a single-family residence, the home had been subdivided into four apartments at one point in its history. Lee Roop |, al, "Fire guts another historic Huntsville home," 29 Nov. 2019 The Nature Conservancy recently announced a conservation easement agreement to restrict the Lazy BV ranch’s 2,300 acres near Meeteetse from being subdivided or developed. USA TODAY, "Smokey Bear, tarantula trek, censoring Adam and Eve: News from around our 50 states," 9 Aug. 2019 This allows the researchers to understand how the neurons work together, subdivide jobs and translate the computations of neurons in the brain to resulting actions and behavior. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "The weird Upside Down science behind 'Stranger Things'," 4 July 2019 Harlem Irving Plaza in Norridge is hoping for similar results when a subdivided Carson’s space opens with new tenants, an entrance on the second level and a new escalator to provide access to all three floors of the plaza. Alexandra Kukulka,, "The suburban shopping mall isn’t going extinct. It’s adapting — with gyms, play spaces and apartments.," 26 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of subdivide

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for subdivide

Middle English, from Late Latin subdividere, from Latin sub- + dividere to divide

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The first known use of subdivide was in the 15th century

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17 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Subdivide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce subdivide (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of subdivide

: to divide (something) into several or many smaller parts
US : to divide (a piece of land) into smaller areas on which houses will be built


sub·​di·​vide | \ ˌsəb-də-ˈvīd How to pronounce subdivide (audio) \
subdivided; subdividing

Kids Definition of subdivide

1 : to divide the parts of into smaller parts
2 : to divide (a piece of land) into lots on which houses will be built


transitive verb
sub·​di·​vide | \ ˌsəb-də-ˈvīd, ˈsəb-də-ˌ How to pronounce subdivide (audio) \

Legal Definition of subdivide

: to divide into several parts specifically : to divide (a tract of land) into two or more lots for sale or building development

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