sub·​lease | \ ˈsəb-ˈlēs How to pronounce sublease (audio) , -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

The sublease space spans the third and fourth floors and is available in November, according to a marketing brochure. Roland Li,, "Shake Shack coming to Oakland," 13 Aug. 2019 Due to the purchase by Marvell, Cavium has departed that location, and Marvell put all three buildings up for sublease. George Avalos, The Mercury News, "A10 Networks strikes deal for north San Jose expansion," 5 Aug. 2019 The children's theater subleases space at the Taft from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO), which manages the building. Scott Wartman,, "Taft Theatre's possible sale leads Children's Theater to eye Emery building for new home," 17 June 2019 Joshua Brown of Jackson Cooksey represented HighRadius in the sublease. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Deal of the week: HighRadius subleases BP space for new Energy Corridor HQ," 19 June 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The company, which makes software for network operations and cybersecurity, has subleased 116,000 square feet in north San Jose in a push for expansion. George Avalos, The Mercury News, "A10 Networks strikes deal for north San Jose expansion," 5 Aug. 2019 ND Dealer Solutions subleased 7,063 square feet of office space at Crestview Tower at 105 Decker Ct in Irving. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Irving investment group keeps retail spot in local hands in the week's top D-FW commercial real estate transactions," 2 Aug. 2019 Rackspace is subleasing part of its Windcrest headquarters for the first time since turning the boarded-up Windsor Park Mall into its stomping grounds more than a decade ago. Madison Iszler,, "For the first time, Rackspace is subleasing space at its HQ," 1 Aug. 2019 FreightCar began operations there in February 2013, subleasing 25 percent of the plant from Navistar. William Thornton |, al, "FreightCar closing Virginia plant, moving jobs to Alabama," 25 July 2019 The divided opinions have been challenging, said David Lassner, president of the University of Hawaii, which is subleasing land near Mauna Kea's summit to the telescope project. NBC News, "Construction of huge telescope in Hawaii to resume after protests, court battles," 11 July 2019 Downtown had the most sublease space, with 1.6 million square feet on the market, followed by the Energy Corridor with 1.1 million square feet. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Deal of the week: NAI Partners moving up to new Galleria area office tower," 5 July 2019 Eleven other entities sublease space in the building, according to a BioEnterprise spokeswoman. Courtney Astolfi,, "Global Health Center for Innovation losing its largest tenant," 2 July 2019 The park leases the homes to the Indiana Landmarks organization, which subleases them to individuals who are restoring them. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Trails, beaches and more things to do in Indiana Dunes National Park," 20 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of sublease


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 How to pronounce sublease (audio) \

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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