[ noun suhb-lees; verb suhb-lees ]
/ noun ˈsʌbˌlis; verb sʌbˈlis /


a lease granted by one who is already a lessee of a property, as an apartment.

verb (used with object), sub·leased, sub·leas·ing.

to grant a sublease of.
to take or hold a sublease of.

Origin of sublease

First recorded in 1820–30; sub- + lease1


sub·les·see [suhb-le-see] /ˌsʌb lɛˈsi/, nounsub·les·sor [suhb-les-awr, suhb-le-sawr] /sʌbˈlɛs ɔr, ˌsʌb lɛˈsɔr/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sublease


noun (ˈsʌbˌliːs)

a lease of property made by a person who is himself a lessee or tenant of that property

verb (sʌbˈliːs)

to grant a sublease of (property); sublet
(tr) to take, obtain, or hold by sublease

Derived forms of sublease

sublessee (ˌsʌblɛˈsiː), nounsublessor (ˌsʌblɛˈsɔː), noun
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