verb (used with object), sub·di·vid·ed, sub·di·vid·ing.
to divide (that which has already been divided) into smaller parts; divide again after a first division.
to divide into parts.
to divide (a plot, tract of land, etc.) into building lots.
verb (used without object), sub·di·vid·ed, sub·di·vid·ing.
to become separated into divisions.
Origin of subdivide
Related formssub·di·vid·a·ble, adjectivesub·di·vid·er, nounun·sub·di·vid·ed, adjective
First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English
word from Late Latin
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Historical Examples of subdivide
The business proposed was to buy a tract of land, and subdivide it.
But if, as an exception, it should be very slow, the conductor ought to subdivide it.
(b) Subdivide the rectangle into its horizontal and vertical subdivisions.
(b) Subdivide the rectangle into vertical and horizontal divisions.
Modern naturalists, following Cuvier, subdivide them into three orders:—1.
British Dictionary definitions for subdivide
Derived Formssubdivider, noun
to divide (something) resulting from an earlier division
(tr) US and Canadian to divide (land) into lots for sale
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Word Origin and History for subdivide
early 15c., from Late Latin subdividere from sub in the sense of "resulting from further division" (see sub-) + Latin dividere (see division).
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