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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web One major point was the rhythmic feel: The band members decided to subdivide the beats evenly. Tom Roland, Billboard, 19 July 2022 The Wisconsin Builders Association represented Hidden Hills Development LLC, which wanted to subdivide a tract in 2017. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 May 2022 The property owner requested approval to subdivide the land parcel at 444 South Rand Road – at the southeast corner of Route 12 and Route 22 – in order to make the property more attractive to a potential buyer, according to village documents. Jesse Wright,, 11 Apr. 2022 The company works with homeowners to subdivide their land, build a new home on the new lot, then sell it and split the proceeds. Los Angeles Times, 25 Feb. 2022 Also, Irgens will subdivide the land for future apartments and other commercial developments. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 Dec. 2021 Another fear, Knights resident Cindy Boyer said, was the project will create a domino effect in which other residents will want to subdivide their land. Suzanne Baker,, 11 Dec. 2021 The buyer plans to subdivide the property for a future quick serve restaurant and a small retail strip center. Kathy Jumper, al, 12 Dec. 2021 By legalizing duplexes statewide and allowing people to subdivide single-family lots, S.B. 9 effectively ended single-family zoning in a state of 40 million whose identity is predicated on the suburban idyll. New York Times, 8 Oct. 2021 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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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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