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 Each group was further subdivided into active and resting cats so that the feline’s movement wouldn’t bias the results. Carrie Arnold, National Geographic, "Are you a cat whisperer? A few special people can read feline expressions.," 4 Dec. 2019 In 2008, city building inspectors found that the home had been illegally subdivided into several apartments. Michael Gold, New York Times, "Squatters Were In and Out of Abandoned House Where 3 Died in Fire," 22 Nov. 2019 In the 1980s, the land around the house was being subdivided and the owners moved the house from Foster Road to Claybourne Street, but kept it on land that was part of the once-larger farm., "Is your house historically important? Tell the world," 5 July 2019 The project would subdivide one lot at 735 Santa Fe Drive into 14 lots under the State Density Bonus Law; demolish a single-family home and carport; and build 13 market-rate units and one affordable unit, and a private street. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "How they voted, Sept. 15," 15 Sep. 2019 The buyers plan to subdivide the property and develop a convenience store/service station on the corner parcel, according to Lydia Franz of RE/MAX Orange Beach, who represented the buyers. Kathy Jumper, al, "Investors buy Serda building," 8 Sep. 2019 The committee reviewed a plan to subdivide one lot, about 2 acres zoned agriculture, from the rest of the property in the neighborhood. Erika Butler,, "Ponderosa Estate residents oppose pedestrian access from former Bel Air Auto Auction site," 22 Aug. 2019 History: First subdivided in the 1880s real estate boom but not actively developed until the 1920s, Normal Heights was annexed to the city in 1925. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Normal Heights, Kensington: Original ‘streetcar suburbs’ have retained their charm," 30 June 2019 The property was subdivided and Henry Lachman, a San Francisco wine merchant, purchased Palmdale. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Historic Fremont estate at The Gardens of Palmdale," 3 Sep. 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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8 Dec 2019

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“Subdivide.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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