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

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

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 In 1968, the University of Hawaii leased the top 11,000 acres of the mountain for a dollar a year, and began awarding subleases to various observatories for telescopes. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, "Extremely Large, Extremely Expensive: The Race for the Next Giant Telescopes," 11 June 2018 Large blocks of office space for sublease could also add to the competition. Keiko Morris, WSJ, "After Troubled AIG, a Maiden Lane Tower Shifts to Consumer Debt Relief," 13 May 2018 Some space available for sublease comes as retailers leave behind old quarters for better locations, Ms. LaRusso said. Keiko Morris, WSJ, "Retail Rents Plunge in Major Manhattan Shopping Districts," 25 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Justices are already considering another appeal challenging the state land board’s decision to allow the University of Hawaii to sublease mountaintop land to telescope builders. Washington Post, "Giant telescope project before Hawaii Supreme Court again," 21 June 2018 Orlando subleases a building on Orange Avenue to the Downtown Arts District to run the CityArts Factory. Ryan Gillespie,, "Downtown Arts District, CityArts Factory eye move to historic downtown building," 21 June 2018 An Amazon spokesman told The Seattle Times that the company was considering subleasing space instead—implying that the company might leave Seattle if the head tax passed. Alana Semuels, The Atlantic, "How Amazon Helped Kill a Seattle Tax On Business," 13 June 2018

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1824, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sublease

: 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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