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 subdivide (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 Biggers also wants to subdivide the site into four lots: one for the dealership, two for storm water detention and last to remain as a parking lot for Randall Road Holdings, which owns and leases equipment to Motorola, Latinovic said. Gloria Casas,, 11 May 2021 The nuns sold the property in the 1980s to developers whose plans to subdivide it fell through. Jesse Leavenworth,, 10 May 2021 Rather than gathering light in just a few discrete wavelength channels, like the human eye, these spectrometers capture reflected sunlight and subdivide it into more than 400 wavelength channels across the visible and into the infrared. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, 15 Apr. 2021 The company would sign long-term leases on office space, subdivide it into smaller work areas, and then rent those out to freelancers or small businesses on a short-term basis. Lizzie Widdicombe, The New Yorker, 5 Apr. 2021 Zoning changes introduced in 2011 meant that some land was designated at lower density, allowing fewer homes per acre, and some landowners lost the right to subdivide land their property altogether. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Mar. 2021 The association is representing Hidden Hills Development LLC, which wanted to subdivide a tract in 2017. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 Mar. 2021 Developers are seeking planning approval to subdivide 2.01 acres at 25768 Perdido Beach Blvd., in Orange Beach and build The Bluffs of Orange Beach, with 10 single-family homes on the gulf, according to the Orange Beach Planning Commission. Kathy Jumper, al, 1 Nov. 2020 With no takers after two years, the seminary announced plans to demolish and subdivide it for redevelopment. Mike Scott,, 27 Aug. 2020

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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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16 May 2021

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“Subdivide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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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