[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. sublapsarian,
  2. sublapsarianism,
  3. sublate,
  4. sublation,
  5. sublattice,
  6. sublessee,
  7. sublessor,
  8. sublet,
  9. sublethal,
  10. subleukemic leukemia

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 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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper