subdivide

verb
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 The buyers plan to subdivide the property and develop a convenience store/service station on the corner parcel, according to Lydia Franz of RE/MAX Orange Beach, who represented the buyers. Kathy Jumper, al, "Investors buy Serda building," 8 Sep. 2019 The committee reviewed a plan to subdivide one lot, about 2 acres zoned agriculture, from the rest of the property in the neighborhood. Erika Butler, baltimoresun.com, "Ponderosa Estate residents oppose pedestrian access from former Bel Air Auto Auction site," 22 Aug. 2019 History: First subdivided in the 1880s real estate boom but not actively developed until the 1920s, Normal Heights was annexed to the city in 1925. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Normal Heights, Kensington: Original ‘streetcar suburbs’ have retained their charm," 30 June 2019 The property was subdivided and Henry Lachman, a San Francisco wine merchant, purchased Palmdale. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Historic Fremont estate at The Gardens of Palmdale," 3 Sep. 2019 These models subdivide the atmosphere into a 3D grid that has little cubes of the air. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "How to read the maps that predict hurricane paths," 30 Aug. 2019 In the plan—​a five-​year plan, subdivided into a series of annual plans, broken into monthly plans—​the state set production quotas for each factory and farm. Bathsheba Demuth, The New Yorker, "When the Soviet Union Freed the Arctic from Capitalist Slavery," 15 Aug. 2019 After the 1950s, the ranches and farms began to be subdivided into housing developments and the community’s population jumped from about 2,000 in 1950 to 25,750 in 1970. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Santee: Drive-in, sprayground and more make for family-friendly suburb," 30 June 2019 Gaudí took six years to complete the building, after which the couple kept the main floor for themselves but rented out the additional space, which had been subdivided into 20 apartments. Raphael Minder, BostonGlobe.com, "What’s it like to live in Barcelona’s most famous Gaudí home? A bit inconvenient," 29 June 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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29 Sep 2019

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

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subdivide

verb
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

subdivide

verb
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

subdivide

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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