subdivide

verb

sub·​di·​vide ˌsəb-də-ˈvīd How to pronounce subdivide (audio)
ˈsəb-də-ˌvīd
subdivided; subdividing; subdivides

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
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 Here’s how some prominent Sacramento neighborhoods got their names: Oak Park In 1887, real estate developer Edwin K. Alsip subdivided the 230-acre William Doyle Ranch into blocks and renamed the area Oak Park, according to the city’s historic district plan. Hanh Truong, Sacramento Bee, 6 Apr. 2024 Many large mansions along Highland had been subdivided into rooming houses during World War II. Sophie Carson, Journal Sentinel, 28 Mar. 2024 The bathrooms themselves, at least in the villas, are large and subdivided into his and hers (or his and his, etc., etc.) by a central open shower. Christopher Cameron, Robb Report, 12 Mar. 2024 These risks were then essentially subdivided into Coverage Parts A, B or C. Each coverage part consisted of what amounted to baskets containing combinations of discrete types of risks. Jay Adkisson, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2024 The directive also called for sector-specific standards that subdivided the ESRS by industry, requiring businesses within a sector to report the same information. Jon McGowan, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 The role of Vitamin A The team built on previous work that found that the genes that build and subdivide the sea lamprey hindbrain are identical to those genes in jawed vertebrates. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 22 Feb. 2024 District leaders are now working with Anaheim officials to rezone and subdivide the property, which will need to be approved by city leaders. Michael Slaten, Orange County Register, 26 Jan. 2024 History: Paradise Hills, overlooking Paradise Valley east of National City, got its name in the 1920s when the area was first subdivided. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Oct. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Late Latin subdividere, from Latin sub- + dividere to divide

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of subdivide was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near subdivide

Cite this Entry

“Subdivide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subdivide. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

subdivide

verb
sub·​di·​vide ˌsəb-də-ˈvīd How to pronounce subdivide (audio)
1
: to divide the parts of something into more parts
2
: to divide into several parts
especially : to divide a piece of land into building lots

Legal Definition

subdivide

transitive verb
: 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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