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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The victim followed the suspect vehicle into Sunset Meadows subdivision and provided police with a license plate number, according to the report. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Burglary suspect injured in crash after police pursuit," 3 July 2019 The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department shared a photo of the bear at a home in the Cove Creek subdivision off Highway 67 in Priceville. Leada Gore |,, "Black bear removed from North Alabama yard," 3 July 2019 The first houses in the Skyline Hills subdivision opened in 1959. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Skyline and Paradise Hills: Dating to first subdivision in the 1920s, community home to strong Navy presence," 30 June 2019 Martin said next year’s budget does include funds for items such replacing city equipment, $450,000 worth of street repairs and $500,000 for repairing stormwater management infrastructure in the Bradford Green subdivision. David Anderson,, "Havre de Grace 2020 budget passes with infrastructure replacement fee, additional funding for Youth Commission," 20 June 2019 Hageman Group, of Carmel, will spend $5 million for the property in the Maple Del subdivision and work with the city to develop it. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "Fishers is planning for another big development downtown," 19 June 2019 Local leaders in its 26 cantons, or subdivisions, and community leaders in its more than 2,000 municipalities make many of the policy decisions. Raghuram Rajan For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "We can't rely on national governments to save failing communities. It's time for a new approach," 18 June 2019 Developers would find the next exit off a major expressway, build a mall or office park, to be followed by residential subdivisions and fill-in retail. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Royal Oak property sat empty for decades. Here's why — and what's moving in.," 18 June 2019 But officials from Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the subdivision of DHS that runs the Border Patrol, projected a surge in the number of unaccompanied children arriving at the southern border as the weather improved into the spring. NBC News, "Migrant children stuck at border stations, sleeping on concrete, because of HHS overcrowding," 4 June 2019

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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


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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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