[ 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.

verb (used with object),sub·leased, sub·leas·ing.
  1. to grant a sublease of.

  2. to take or hold a sublease of.

Origin of sublease

First recorded in 1820–30; sub- + lease1

Other words from sublease

  • sub·les·see [suhb-le-see], /ˌsʌb lɛˈsi/, noun
  • sub·les·sor [suhb-les-awr, suhb-le-sawr], /sʌbˈlɛs ɔr, ˌsʌb lɛˈsɔr/, noun

Words Nearby sublease Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sublease in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for sublease


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

  1. to grant a sublease of (property); sublet

  2. (tr) to take, obtain, or hold by sublease

Derived forms of sublease

  • sublessee (ˌsʌblɛˈsiː), noun
  • sublessor (ˌsʌblɛˈsɔː), noun

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