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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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 The London Times reports the property isn’t currently a single-family home, but instead subdivided apartments. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Inside Frogmore Cottage, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s New Windsor Home," 26 Nov. 2018 Single-family homes were sold to absentee owners, who subdivided them into rentals, and neglected them. Caitlin Mccabe,, "Collingswood begins shutting down Airbnbs, as cities and towns worldwide struggle to regulate it," 27 June 2018 Critics of niche and social media today also see a dumbed-down society, but one that’s polarized and agitated, divided and subdivided into mutually hostile subcultures and media bubbles. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "Review: ‘Fahrenheit 451’ Has Fire and Fury but Sheds Little Light," 16 May 2018 The most accomplished corporate taxonomists play a still grander game; controlling not only how the firm is subdivided, but also whether it is viewed as a company at all. The Economist, "Michel Foucault’s lessons for business," 21 June 2018 In the 1920s, when Pico Boulevard was paved and the bean fields and orchards were subdivided, there were no small townships to incorporate into the street plan, so developers laid out regularly spaced blocks and filled them with homes. Scott Garner,, "Neighborhood Spotlight: West L.A. — underneath it all — is a hometown, American as Apple Pan," 18 May 2018 The owners of Kensington School, which provides all-day childcare and preschool, want to subdivide the 4-acre site on the southeast corner of Monroe and Ogden Avenue. Kimberly Fornek,, "Hinsdale board to vote on day care for up to 150 children, eight houses on Amlings site," 5 Apr. 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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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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