[ suhb-di-vahyd, suhb-di-vahyd ]
/ ˌsʌb dɪˈvaɪd, ˈsʌb dɪˌvaɪd /

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

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Late Latin word subdīvīdere. See sub-, divide
Related formssub·di·vid·a·ble, adjectivesub·di·vid·er, nounun·sub·di·vid·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for subdivide


/ (ˌsʌbdɪˈvaɪd, ˈsʌbdɪˌvaɪd) /


to divide (something) resulting from an earlier division
(tr) US and Canadian to divide (land) into lots for sale
Derived Formssubdivider, noun
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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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