subdivide
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˌsʌb.dɪˈvaɪd/
Verb

subdivide (subdivides, present participle subdividing; past and past participle subdivided)

  1. (ambitransitive) To divide into smaller sections.
    1. (real estate) To divide a plot of land into plots for residences; to convert open land into housing.
      This used to be farmland before developers bought it and subdivided it.
      • 1993, Historic American Building Survey, Town of Clayburg: Refractories Company Town, National Park Service, 3:
        Several local families recorded plots of land as additions to the town's territory and subdivided them into house lots.
  2. (ambitransitive) To divide divisions into smaller divisions.
    • The progenies of Cham and Japhet swarmed into colonies, and those colonies were subdivided into many others.
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