sublet

verb
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

sublet

noun
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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Recent college graduate Michael Bass and his roommate signed a year-long lease for an apartment in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood, intending to sublet the three-bedroom place for July and August to interns or college students. Anna Kramer, SFChronicle.com, "Need to find a subletter in the Bay Area this summer? Good luck," 23 June 2020 At the beginning of this year, Sarah Khan decided to settle down—well, at least get an apartment of her own to call a home base after eight years of traveling and subletting full time, thanks to her job as a travel writer. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "How I Became a Travel Writer: Sarah Khan on Life on the Road," 14 Apr. 2020 Scarlato agreed to sublet a room in a Chicago apartment, but then learned that her parents, who were under lockdown as a result of the pandemic in Italy, would be unable to get to a bank to transfer her any money for rent. Caitlin Dickerson, BostonGlobe.com, "‘My world is shattering’: Foreign students stranded by coronavirus," 25 Apr. 2020 Pop icon Madonna is the latest to weigh in, and with an offer to let the couple sublet her Manhattan apartment, no less, because New York is superior to Canada (obviously). Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, "Madonna Offers to Let Harry and Meghan Rent Her NYC Apartment That Overlooks Central Park," 5 Feb. 2020 Do Megan and Prince Harry want to sublet my apartment on Central Park West?? Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Madonna makes offer to Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan: Want to sublet my New York apartment?," 5 Feb. 2020 But WeWork and other co-working companies subletting that space to their members were themselves committed to long-term leases with the building owners. Los Angeles Times, "WeWork is all about community. Will social distancing crash its business model?," 17 Apr. 2020 WeWork leases vast amounts of space in office buildings and then sublets it to freelancers, small businesses and large corporations. Peter Eavis, New York Times, "SoftBank Won’t Buy $3 Billion in WeWork Stock," 1 Apr. 2020 Delgadillo sublets a one-bedroom apartment near Arizona State University's ASU Gammage theater in Tempe. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "Widespread cancellations devastate Arizona Airbnb hosts amid coronavirus pandemic," 24 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, BostonGlobe.com, "Coronavirus nearly ended street homelessness in U.K. Maybe not for long.," 6 June 2020 Elo had sublet the apartment from a Chinese friend and paid every month’s rent in advance. Los Angeles Times, "‘No blacks’: Evicted, harassed and targeted in China for their race amid coronavirus," 16 Apr. 2020 Craigslist: a place to shop for used Ikea furniture, summer apartment sublets and … insulin? oregonlive, "Pricing crisis has people selling insulin on Craigslist illegally, study finds," 17 Feb. 2020 Walking or hiking with her dog, Skopey, taking classes and her new sublet studio have increased the face-to-face connection with others. Jayne O'donnell, USA TODAY, "That cushy work-at-home job can lead to social isolation, mental and physical health risks," 24 Jan. 2020 Laur Duvall, a 26-year-old who makes huge drawings from performance art pieces, had been bouncing between cheap sublets while renting an unheated Sunset Park garage as a studio for $500 a month. New York Times, "Artist’s Studio: How About the Living Room?," 29 Nov. 2019 Find a room share or sublet: Jack Clausen, the creative marketing officer at Gypsy Housing, said that room shares posted on the Facebook site range from $650 to more than $1,500. Kim Velsey, New York Times, "A Guide to Getting Your First Apartment," 1 June 2018 Gary was born on January 16, 1980, in Westchester, New York, and passed away in his Bushwick sublet. Danielle Kraese, The New Yorker, "A Perfect, Preëmptive Obituary for My Ex-Boyfriend," 18 June 2019 So, when my parents dropped me off at a studio sublet on the Upper East Side almost eight years ago, my quest for my New York City family began against the backdrop of having the freedom to date for the first time. New York Times, "True Tales of ‘Sex and the City’," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of sublet

Verb

1766, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1906, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sublet was in 1766

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29 Jun 2020

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“Sublet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sublet. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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sublet

verb
How to pronounce sublet (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sublet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to allow someone to use (an apartment, house, etc., that you are renting) for a period of time in return for payment
: to use (an apartment, house, etc., that is rented by someone) in return for payment

sublet

noun
How to pronounce sublet (audio)

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

: an apartment, house, etc., that you sublet from someone

sublet

verb
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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