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

Examples of sublease in a Sentence

Verb 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 amount of sublease space on the market is falling and so are concessions like the ones at 483 Tenth, at least in trophy and new buildings. Kim Velsey, Curbed, 3 Nov. 2021 That does not include another 9.85 million square feet of sublease offices up for grabs in the area. Steve Brown, Dallas News, 4 Oct. 2021 Seaport neighborhood is currently on the market as a sublease., 11 Oct. 2021 Add in another 6% of available space through sublease and new construction, and more than a quarter of Chicago’s downtown office space is on the market. Robert Channick,, 4 Oct. 2021 The Connecticut plastic injection molding facility will be sold, while the Missouri facility used for distribution will be marketed for sublease, the company said. NBC News, 1 Oct. 2021 The sublease was first reported by the Baltimore Business Journal. Lorraine Mirabella,, 16 July 2021 Bluebird, a gene therapy firm in the same cluster of Binney Street buildings, had subleased the space two years ago from the drug maker Sanofi Genzyme, but put it back on the market for a sublease last summer., 12 July 2021 Over the past two months, Yelp has signed sublease agreements for some of its office space in New York and San Francisco. WSJ, 5 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The restaurant closed and was unable to reopen as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, and plans are under way to sublease the location to a wedding and event company that could open in 2023. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Dec. 2021 When negotiating future leases, the 200-plus professionals surveyed report prioritizing flexible scaling plans for space (57%), flexible lease termination (49%), shorter lease duration (36%) and an ability to sublease (35%). Joe Fitzgerald, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021 Several tenants are attempting to sublease unwanted space. J.k. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Sep. 2021 The city will sublease about 15,000 square feet at the mall from the EDC, nearly rent-free, as collateral for the loan. Madison Iszler, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Nov. 2021 The firm has recently been in talks to sublease offices in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards from JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bloomberg reported in August. Natalie Wong, Fortune, 2 Nov. 2021 That meant LogMeIn could sublease half of its Fort Point headquarters, saving money for the firm and its private equity owners., 26 Sep. 2021 At State House Square, general manager David Jakubowski said Travelers is moving out of 55,000 square feet where the lease runs out in mid-2025 and the insurer is seeking to sublease it. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, 20 Sep. 2021 In November, Uber reportedly offered to sublease 25% of its office space at 3 World Trade Center. Giacomo Tognini, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021

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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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“Sublease.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of sublease

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of sublease (Entry 2 of 2)


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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