sub·​let | \ ˈsəb-ˈlet How to pronounce sublet (audio) \
sublet; subletting

Definition of sublet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to lease or rent all or part of a leased or rented property


sub·​let | \ ˈsəb-ˌlet How to pronounce sublet (audio) \

Definition of sublet (Entry 2 of 2)

: property and especially housing obtained by or available through a sublease

Examples of sublet in a Sentence

Verb She sublet her apartment to a student for the summer. He asked his landlord if he could sublet. The agency sublets office space from a law firm in the building. I need someone to sublet my apartment for the summer. Noun I'm looking for a sublet since I'm only going to be here for the summer.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb During the coronavirus pandemic, executives gave office workers more flexibility to work from home, enabling businesses to sublet office space or hold off on renewing leases. Mark Maurer, WSJ, 7 July 2022 The city sublet the space to Mad Cow Theatre beginning in 2012 but ended the arrangement after years of arguments about the theater’s nonpayment of common-area maintenance fees and some construction costs. Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel, 30 June 2022 The solution is a mix of attempting to sublet some of the space on short-term contracts (1-2 years), while also negotiating existing lease terminations to be rid of the financial burden. Matthew Humphries, PCMAG, 23 May 2022 Bowman sublet a room in his house to Penrod, according to court documents filed in Soldotna on Wednesday. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, 31 Mar. 2022 The Salt Lake City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a resolution that would allow The Leonardo — which rents the former Salt Lake City Library building at 205 E. 500 South from the city — to sublet space to private businesses. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Dec. 2021 After beginning their family, Mr. Kessler and his wife sublet their New York apartment for a period to Warhol and his mother. Emily Langer, Washington Post, 26 Feb. 2022 In 2018, both Sacramento and Contra Costa counties severed agreements allowing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, to sublet their jails. Deepa Fernandes, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Nov. 2021 The city, per the contract, has two years from the date of the lease offer to find one or more suitable tenants to sublet the space. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The 21-year-old London transplants are without work visas and must find a way to earn the extortionate rent on their summer sublet. Kate Mabus, USA TODAY, 6 Sep. 2021 JP Morgan Chase, whose chief executive, Jamie Dimon, is publicly bullish about returning to the office, has put up 700,000 square feet for sublet at 4 New York Plaza. Carol Ryan, WSJ, 20 Aug. 2021 His arrival in Tel Aviv provides a chaotic first impression: His sublet is still occupied and messy due to a date mix-up. Chloe Sarbib,, 9 June 2021 But the modern architecture is only part of the adaptation; the Frick is a house museum, and the Breuer sublet allows curators a unique chance to scramble and reconstitute the collection outside a residential framework. New York Times, 31 Dec. 2020 Lennon found his comfort zone quickly after landing in a Greenwich Village sublet apartment in 1971. Author: Larry Mcshane, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Dec. 2020 Hit particularly hard are people in the hospitality industry who had sublet from private landlords without tenancy agreements and were therefore unable to benefit from the government’s temporary ban against evictions. Ceylan Yeginsu,, 6 June 2020 Elo had sublet the apartment from a Chinese friend and paid every month’s rent in advance. Los Angeles Times, 16 Apr. 2020 Craigslist: a place to shop for used Ikea furniture, summer apartment sublets and … insulin? oregonlive, 17 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of sublet


1766, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1906, in the meaning defined above

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sub·​let | \ ˈsəb-ˌlet How to pronounce sublet (audio) \
sublet; subletting

Legal Definition of sublet

transitive verb

: to make or obtain a sublease of

intransitive verb

: to lease all or part of a leased property

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