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[noun suhb-lees; verb suhb-lees]
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  1. a lease granted by one who is already a lessee of a property, as an apartment.
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verb (used with object), sub·leased, sub·leas·ing.
  1. to grant a sublease of.
  2. to take or hold a sublease of.
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Origin of sublease

First recorded in 1820–30; sub- + lease1
Related formssub·les·see [suhb-le-see] /ˌsʌb lɛˈsi/, nounsub·les·sor [suhb-les-awr, suhb-le-sawr] /sʌbˈlɛs ɔr, ˌsʌb lɛˈsɔr/, noun
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Related Words for sublease

charter, hire, sublet, appoint, engage, obtain, enlist, employ, draft, rent, promise, pick, retain, select, lease, loan, let, sublease, authorize, pledge

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noun (ˈsʌbˌliːs)
  1. a lease of property made by a person who is himself a lessee or tenant of that property
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verb (sʌbˈliːs)
  1. to grant a sublease of (property); sublet
  2. (tr) to take, obtain, or hold by sublease
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Derived Formssublessee (ˌsʌblɛˈsiː), nounsublessor (ˌsʌblɛˈsɔː), noun
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Word Origin and History for sublease

1826 (n.); 1830s (v.); from sub- + lease. Related: Subleased; subleasing.

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