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
Recent Examples on the Web Georgia’s body was found in the basement of a home in a subdivision near Brierfield and Mid Broadwell roads, Alpharetta police records show. Jeremy Redmon, ajc, "Georgia man arrested following Capitol insurrection has died by suicide," 12 Jan. 2021 After Trayvon Martin, a Black teenager in a hooded sweatshirt, was shot and killed during his walk home in a Florida subdivision, Mr. Warnock appeared in the pulpit wearing a hoodie (a maroon one, from Morehouse). New York Times, "Raphael Warnock, From the Pulpit to Politics, Doesn’t Shy From ‘Uncomfortable’ Truths," 2 Jan. 2021 The property has mature pecan trees and a large, fenced yard and is located in a subdivision just north of Belt Line Road in Richardson Heights. Dallas News, "Traditional Classic Homes offers remodeled Richardson Heights home," 27 Dec. 2020 Eagle Landing subdivision, lot 46: $217,500, Gina P. Campo to Ashley Jean Thiberville., "St. Tammany property transfers, Dec. 1-7, 2020: See a list of home and other sales," 24 Dec. 2020 Wika Hinrichs, a real estate broker, is in the middle of designing homes for a new subdivision in Canby. Morgan Romero, oregonlive, "5 Oregonians describe emotional, physical toll of COVID-19: ‘absolutely brutal’," 24 Dec. 2020 Police began arriving almost immediately after Ahmaud Arbery was shot in a coastal Georgia subdivision, finding the unarmed Black man lying facedown in his own blood while the man who shot him paced with hands on his head. Russ Bynum, USA TODAY, "'He's still breathing': New body camera footage shows moments after Ahmaud Arbery shooting," 17 Dec. 2020 On Wednesday, the plan to create the 3.3-acre lot with a subdivision made its way to Winnetka’s Village Council after the Winnetka Plan Commission’s approval. Bob Goldsborough,, "Mystery buyer set to pay $24 million for 3.3 acres in Winnetka — setting a Chicago-area record before construction even begins," 17 Dec. 2020 Over the next two decades, the Trump Organization attempted to develop the property into a golf course and a residential subdivision. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Trump Organization Ordered to Turn Over Documents to New York Attorney General," 15 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of subdivision

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Subdivision.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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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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