Definition of subdivide in English:



[with object]
  • Divide (something that has already been divided or that is a separate unit)

    ‘the heading was subdivided into eight separate sections’
    • ‘And so the course we're on is a course that will divide and subdivide the church further and further.’
    • ‘Iraq is a republic divided into eighteen provinces, which are subdivided into districts.’
    • ‘These divisions are further subdivided into districts locally administered by head chiefs.’
    • ‘Through the use of computer image analysis it may be possible to quantify accurately and usefully the variation in D. suberectus and subdivide this widely distributed and long ranging species.’
    • ‘The northern and southern parts are subdivided into units separated by tectonic contacts or superimposed late grabens.’
    • ‘Today's technologies and computers can provide layers of information to subdivide the whole field into smaller units for site specific management.’
    • ‘Confining units are further subdivided by some workers into aquicludes and aquitards.’
    • ‘Some elements are broken by abrupt transitions in frequency, subdividing the element into smaller units.’
    • ‘Roads not only provide access, but may also serve to subdivide the area into units having similar site characteristics and management problems.’
    • ‘To use this definition in the context of clonal interference, we need to have a priori knowledge about how to best subdivide the sequence space into independent quasispecies.’
    • ‘These maps not only delineate specific soils and their characteristics but also subdivide them into mapping units based on slope and degree of erosion.’
    • ‘These in turn were subdivided into districts and communes, all run by elected councils and officials.’
    • ‘Each broad period is further subdivided into smaller units.’
    • ‘Genocchio subdivides the book by a series of alliterative section headings and short preambles but it is generally less than apparent why pieces are included in’
    • ‘There is a small bar to one side, and tables that can seat a total of about 50 are subdivided into small groups by partitions.’
    • ‘The dominant strategy for dealing with this dilemma is to divide and subdivide the past into distinct periods.’
    • ‘To make a small space look bigger, the Chinese divide and subdivide space, and the Japanese borrow distant views.’
    • ‘His province was subdivided into districts and the latter into towns and cantons.’
    • ‘I am convinced that the world would be a better place if it was not subdivided into a thousand feuding portions by religious beliefs.’
    • ‘The Dal Group is generally subdivided into six units, interpreted as having formed in a rift basin.’
    divide, divide up, separate, split, split up, cut up, carve up, slice up, break up, dismember
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Late Middle English: from Latin subdividere (see sub-, divide).