[verb suhb-let; noun suhb-let, suhb-let]

verb (used with object), sub·let, sub·let·ting.

to sublease.
to let under a subcontract: to sublet work.


a sublease.
a property obtained by subleasing, as an apartment.

Origin of sublet

First recorded in 1760–70; sub- + let1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sublet

Contemporary Examples of sublet

Historical Examples of sublet

  • She had left the Evening Herald, she had told Mrs. Carew to sublet her rooms.

    To Love

    Margaret Peterson

  • It is dangerous in the hands of a person not used to handling it and the work should be sublet.

  • The joy of renting is to move, or sublet; to be rid also of taxes and repairs.

    The Face of the Fields

    Dallas Lore Sharp

  • After Grandpa's death, the Philadelphia house was sublet for a year.

    Paris Vistas

    Helen Davenport Gibbons

  • "Perhaps we could sublet it," said Rosamund, trying to speak with brisk cheerfulness.

    In the Wilderness

    Robert Hichens

British Dictionary definitions for sublet


verb (sʌbˈlɛt) -lets, -letting or -let

to grant a sublease of (property)
to let out (work, etc) under a subcontract

noun (ˈsʌbˌlɛt)

informal, mainly US a sublease
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Word Origin and History for sublet

1766, from sub- + let (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper