sub·​lease | \ ˈsəb-ˈlēs , -ˌlēs\

Definition of sublease

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a lease by a tenant or lessee of part or all of leased premises to another person but with the original tenant retaining some right or interest under the original lease


subleased; subleasing; subleases

Definition of sublease (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make or obtain a sublease of

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Examples of sublease in a Sentence


She subleased her apartment to a student for the summer. The agency subleases office space from a law firm.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Houston's office vacancy recently hit 21.4 percent, including sublease and direct space, NAI Partners said at a press event Tuesday. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Alta Mesa Resources, Entech Civil Engineers expand Energy Corridor offices," 18 May 2018 The Department of Natural Resources also has rejected a sublease sought by project developers. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Corps of Engineers moving forward with review of Longview coal terminal despite state objections," 16 Oct. 2018 On Sunday, Papa John’s International, Inc. issued a press release stating that the company will be terminating a sublease agreement with Schnatter, which had allowed him the use of office space within the building. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "'Papa John' Schnatter evicted from company headquarters in Louisville," 16 July 2018 Air Liquide has another 12,854 square feet of space up for sublease in the building, NAI Partners said. Houston Chronicle, "Examiner-area business roundup," 26 Feb. 2018 The buildings were developed by MetroNational Corp. Air Liquide has another 12,854 square feet of space up for sublease at 9811 Katy Freeway, NAI Partners said. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "FairfieldNodal signs sublease at Air Liquide Center," 20 Feb. 2018 The equestrian center was supposed to negotiate a sublease extension with Schad and draft a request for proposal to be submitted to the Los Angeles Department of Recreations and Parks. Anthony Clark Carpio,, "Back in the saddle: Longtime horse stable relocates to new home," 20 June 2018 The same court that revoked the telescope’s building permit is also pondering the sublease for its site. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, "Extremely Large, Extremely Expensive: The Race for the Next Giant Telescopes," 11 June 2018 City Council on Wednesday will be asked to approve a sublease agreement with Midcoast Operating, formerly Enbridge, for 69,000 square feet at nearby 1100 Louisiana, to start July 1 and run through the end of 2019. Mike Morris, Houston Chronicle, "Yet another Harvey cost for Houston: Skyscraper office space," 8 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Valued in a fundraising round last year at $20 billion, WeWork leases large chunks of office space from landlords, then subleases smaller offices short-term to startups and divisions of large companies. Eliot Brown, WSJ, "WeWork Puts Four-Beer Limit on Once-Bottomless Kegs," 1 Nov. 2018 Opportunity like sublease space from Salesforce is pretty rare. Roland Li,, "Amid office space crunch, Google grows in San Francisco," 27 June 2018 Metlife has continued to sublease its Long Island City office space following its move to Manhattan. Rani Molla, Recode, "How Amazon’s proposed HQ2 and HQ3 locations compare with Seattle and the U.S. overall," 6 Nov. 2018 Even after subleasing Rincon Center, the company will have more than 2 million square feet of office space in San Francisco, according to an analysis by CoStar Group. Wendy Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, "Salesforce to drop office as it plans to ‘max out’ with 10,000 SF workers," 17 Apr. 2018 Vysk had vacated the subleased space on the 19th floor of the Bank of America Plaza for a Monte Vista house owned by a company controlled by Cocchia. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, "Troubled tech startup Vysk seems to have gone stealth," 23 June 2018 While Tavistock hopes to sublease the land, reworked language in the agreement made clear the public would have access to it. Meryl Kornfield,, "Pier 66 plans hotel renovation as first step toward new development," 11 July 2018 Google is also in talks to sublease space from Salesforce, two sources said. Roland Li,, "Amid office space crunch, Google grows in San Francisco," 27 June 2018 Salesforce, the city’s largest tech employer with 7,500 employees, is also subleasing space at the Landmark building at One Market. Roland Li,, "Amid office space crunch, Google grows in San Francisco," 27 June 2018

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1758, in the meaning defined above


1824, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sublease

US : a legal agreement by which someone who is renting an apartment, house, etc., is allowed to rent it to someone else for a period of time


sub·​lease | \ ˈsəb-ˌlēs \

Legal Definition of sublease

: a lease that is given by a tenant or lessee to another person of part or all of the leased premises for a shorter term than that of the original lease and under which some interest is retained — compare assignment of lease at assignment

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