subdivide

verb
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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Its most recent resident, a renter, was using the property as a single-family spread, but the property could be subdivided into two separate three-bedroom suites, according to the listing agent. ... Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Boston Celtics Owner Asking $37.5 Million for Aspen Penthouse," 3 July 2019 Each of these is subdivided into three or four possible buffs. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Minecraft Dungeons hands-on: A shameless Diablo clone—and better for it," 12 June 2019 Property owners subdivided their lots, and up went commercial buildings, including livery stables, barns, warehouses, tin shops and sheds, said Kim Prothro Williams, an architectural historian in the District’s Historic Preservation Office. John Kelly, Washington Post, "The District’s alleys were once grim slums. A few were reborn as hip destinations.," 9 June 2019 Making the case that subdividing it into 144 apartments would preserve rather than upend that history was no less challenging. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "The challenge of turning an old newspaper building into housing in downtown St. Paul," 9 June 2019 In addition to buying 80 Mountain Spring for $775,000 in 2016, Dulos also won approval to subdivide the property into three lots, making room for two more mansions on 2 acres-plus. Josh Kovner, courant.com, "Before being jailed in connection with the disappearance of Jennifer Farber Dulos, her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, faced a downward spiral in his business and marriage," 9 June 2019 Cielito Lindo, for example, was subdivided in the 1940s into five villas of 12 rooms each; the dining room was demolished to make way for a major road laid through the spread. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, "A Legendary 1920s Palm Beach House is a Showcase for a Striking Art Collection," 17 Apr. 2019 The wine list will impress any oeneophile: It's first broken into category and subdivided by soil type. Kristin Luna, Condé Nast Traveler, "14 Best Bars in Nashville," 27 Feb. 2018 But the design firm Roman and Williams has styled it like a California Craftsman house and subdivided it into niches and corners with open cabinets. New York Times, "A Hotel Restaurant With Neighborhood-Hangout Appeal," 15 May 2018

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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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subdivide

verb

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

subdivide

verb
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

subdivide

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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