sub·​di·​vi·​sion | \ ˈsəb-də-ˌvi-zhən How to pronounce subdivision (audio) \

Definition of subdivision

1 : an act or instance of subdividing
2 : something produced by subdividing: such as
a : a subordinate part of a larger whole political subdivisions
b : a tract of land surveyed and divided into lots for purposes of sale especially : one with houses built on it
3 : a category in botanical classification ranking below a division and above a class

Examples of subdivision in a Sentence

a political subdivision of the state

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In a complaint filed this month, Pittenger and his wife, Suzanne, allege that Lebda violated design guidelines and covenants in the building of a new home in the upscale Quail Hollow subdivision in South Charlotte. Rick Rothacker, charlotteobserver, "Congressman Pittenger's latest opponent is his millionaire CEO neighbor," 14 June 2018 The village is also hoping to receive more than $4 million in low-interest loans from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for water and sewer repairs in the subdivision. Anna Bybee-schier,, "Franklin Park to seek ability to regulate pesticide use," 6 June 2018 Though the city initially gave its blessing, the project was rejected after it was appealed by a resident in the subdivision. Katy Moeller, idahostatesman, "This subdivision almost had its own dog park. Boise said yes, then no. Here's why. | Idaho Statesman," 23 May 2018 Mandatory evacuations are in place for the Double Eagle subdivision, as the Pawnee Fire threatens structures. Julia Sclafani, sacbee, "County Fire grows overnight, now at least 44,500 acres with 'extreme' behavior," 2 July 2018 While many districts have seen a decline in enrollment as parents put their kids in charter schools or move to outlying subdivisions, enrollment has been stable in Alamo Heights. Krista Torralva, San Antonio Express-News, "Alamo Heights ISD finalist an ‘advocate’ for the district," 17 May 2018 Since 15 new fissures opened up last week, lava has inundated the Leilani subdivision, starting fires and destroying at least 36 buildings. James Burch, National Geographic, "Kilauea Photographers Aid Relief Effort in Hawaii Community," 12 May 2018 Tricon has purchased new houses and lots from builders and agreed to take big chunks of subdivisions up front to help developers get projects off the ground. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, "Wall Street’s Big Landlords Are So Hungry for Houses They’re Building Them," 3 Jan. 2019 Baytown police are searching for several suspects linked to car burglaries and an auto theft that occurred this week in the Goose Creek Landing subdivision. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Video: Baytown police searching for burglary, auto theft suspects," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of subdivision

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of subdivision

: one of the parts into which something is divided
: the act or process of dividing something into smaller parts
US : an area of land that has been divided into smaller areas on which houses are built


sub·​di·​vi·​sion | \ ˌsəb-də-ˈvi-zhən How to pronounce subdivision (audio) \

Kids Definition of subdivision

1 : the act of dividing into smaller parts
2 : one of the parts into which something is subdivided


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Medical Definition of subdivision

: a category in botanical classification ranking below a division and above a class

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sub·​di·​vi·​sion | \ ˈsəb-də-ˌvi-zhən How to pronounce subdivision (audio) \

Legal Definition of subdivision

1 : an act or instance of subdividing obtain approval of his subdivision of the land
2 : a tract of land subdivided into lots to provide streets and sewers for the subdivision
3 : a part made by subdividing as prescribed in subdivision one of this section

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