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

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 Coty has about 10,000 square feet across five floors that is being marketed for sublease through 2021. Natalie Wong,, "Retail Turmoil Hits Times Square With Tenants Looking for Exit," 10 May 2020 Combined with sublease space, that jumps to 22 percent. Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle, "Houston office market hit by energy woes," 4 Feb. 2020 The New York co-working company listed 76,401 square feet for sublease on the 36th through 38th floors of San Francisco’s tallest building, according to a marketing brochure reviewed by The Chronicle. Roland Li,, "WeWork may leave Salesforce Tower after listing offices for sublease," 4 Feb. 2020 The addition of the 11th floor would increase the total of the city’s subleases to nearly $42 million, with staggered end dates in the 2020s. Jon Murray, The Denver Post, "Denver city government set to grab top floor of Post building," 10 Dec. 2019 Uber is offering a 10-year sublease beginning in January 2021, according to marketing materials from real estate brokerage CBRE, which represents Uber. Dallas News, "Uber halts construction in Chicago, the other big city where it plans a major hub," 3 Apr. 2020 One of the biggest real estate moves this year was Macy’s February decision to close its online operations in South of Market, laying off 831 employees and listing 243,000 square feet for sublease. Roland Li,, "SF’s soaring office market was slowing down. Then the coronavirus hit," 25 Mar. 2020 The vacancy rate rose to 6.7% from 5.4% as more sublease space was listed, though vacancy is still among the lowest in the country, according to Cushman & Wakefield. Roland Li,, "SF’s soaring office market was slowing down. Then the coronavirus hit," 25 Mar. 2020 Availability, including sublease space, in the North Belt/Greenspoint office submarket stood at 50.8 percent in the third quarter, according to commercial real estate firm Savills. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Deal of the week: Greenspoint office building draws Khoshbin Co. back to Houston," 3 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The office market remains strong in San Francisco, but sublease space is increasing and great uncertainty could dampen leasing activity this year. Roland Li,, "After coronavirus delay, SF’s second-tallest tower project could sell for $1.2 billion," 31 Mar. 2020 Lone Star Hair subleased a 12,876-square-foot office and industrial building at 3249 Story Road in Irving from BioAutomation Inc. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Ace Hardware takes a retail space and Enseo adds office and industrial leases in the week’s D-FW real estate deals," 3 Apr. 2020 Sempra LNG subleased 68,772 square feet at 1500 Post Oak Blvd. from BHP for a regional headquarters. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Real estate transactions: Sempra LNG, Nouryon Chemicals, Kudela & Weinheimer ink new leases," 31 Jan. 2020 Pier 38 has been vacant since 2011, when dozens of tech companies that had subleased work spaces from a leaseholder were forced to leave after the port declared the building unsafe. Roland Li,, "Dilapidated SF piers near Oracle Park could become offices, retail," 10 Jan. 2020 And Peterson’s company won a $19,980 bid in 2017 from the City of Providence to sublease a training space from Peterson for physical ability testing for Fire Department recruits., "ProPublica Local Reporting Network," 25 Dec. 2019 CentroMotion was originally in Actuant’s headquarters in Menomonee Falls, but recently subleased 12,921 square feet at 20800 Swenson Drive, suite 300 in Waukesha, and will occupy that location until the Pewaukee buildout is completed. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Waukesha-based company plans to move its global headquarters to Pewaukee," 14 Jan. 2020 Leach said that the group is talking to the landlord about possibly subleasing the space to others. J.k. Dineen,, "‘Very tragic’: Sonoma County Habitat for Humanity nears collapse after expansion," 26 Nov. 2019 Rouch Architects LLC has subleased the two top floors of the building, about 5,196 square feet. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Architect office lands on top of downtown Dallas’ Fountain Place tower," 12 Feb. 2020

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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 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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