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 Instead, what's more likely to happen is that someone will buy the entire estate and keep 15 to 20 acres around the home and subdivide a couple of additional parcels for re-sale. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Estate of late Humana co-founder David Jones up for sale for $10 million," 29 June 2020 Cavagnero said that the North Coast could make more money by simply subdividing the site into about 50 single-family luxury homes, which would fetch millions, but decided that denser housing and a campus would be better. J.k. Dineen,, "Oxford University would anchor major Marin County development with hundreds of new homes," 16 Dec. 2019 History: Once home to orange and lemon groves, North Park was born in 1910, when the Hartley family began subdividing the land at what is now University Avenue and 30th Street. San Diego Union-Tribune, "North Park: A hipster’s heaven, coming to you in Vitaphone sound," 30 June 2019 This company, incorporated in 1910, was one of the earliest builders of what became known as tract homes, for which a developer purchases a tract of land and subdivides it into lots for houses. Paula Allen,, "San Antonio West Side developers were subdivision pioneers," 18 Jan. 2020 Nonetheless, by controlling how their firms are classified and subdivided, managers can often change perceptions, and in turn reality, lowering the cost of capital and intimidating competitors. The Economist, "Michel Foucault’s lessons for business," 21 June 2018 In the 1980s, a Morgan descendant developed the estate as a residential community with about 60 single-family and two-family houses; the mansion was subdivided into what are currently six units in the main building and two in the carriage house. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "$1.7 Million Homes in Wisconsin, Arizona and New Jersey," 4 Mar. 2020 Geographically the city is divided into the northern Kita and the southern Minami districts and further subdivided into 24 ku (wards). Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "Osaka Is a Food-Obsessed City Unlike Anywhere Else in Japan," 16 Nov. 2019 Wide hallways allow for wheelchairs or walkers, and the classrooms lend themselves to being subdivided into apartments. William Thornton |, al, "Alabama looking at $1 billion from Opportunity Zone investments," 15 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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2 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Subdivide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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