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subdivide into (something)

1. To contain several smaller parts, sections, or subcategories. There is one massive parent company running the whole operation that then subdivides into smaller subsidiaries responsible for various different kinds of businesses. Most people know what a noun is, but not everyone knows that the term subdivides into a bunch of different types of nouns, such as common nouns, proper nouns, concrete nouns, and so on.
2. To divide something down into smaller parts, sections, or subcategories. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "subdivide" and "into." The easiest way to calculate the area of these complicated shapes is to subdivide them into smaller, simpler shapes and add up the totals of all their areas. I think we should subdivide the project into sections that the different teams can work on separately.
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subdivide something into something

to divide something into parts. They subdivided the land into several valuable parcels. Sam tried to subdivide his large lot into three smaller lots, but the zoning commission wouldn't let him do it.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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(One bulk sale of land would not create dealer status.) The corporation then could subdivide and sell the lots on an installment basis and use the sales proceeds to pay its installment obligation to the taxpayer.
In this case, a partnership was allowed to subdivide the land and obtain capital gains on most of the profit.
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What Craigie adds is an alchemical absurdity that signifies the energy and entropy of the creative process and the systems with which we rationalize and subdivide it.
The blocks of space will subdivide nicely." Cushman & Wakefield brokerage professionals Frank Cento, Mitchell Konsker, Matthew Astrachan and Michael McKenna serve as the exclusive leasing team representing ownership on both properties.
"The property offers current income and the ability to further subdivide and upgrade the property for multiple flex-space tenants."
A classification scheme developed by the International Atomic Energy Agency is most widely used; it subdivides deposits into 15 categories.
No doubt in recognition of humans' risible inability even to set a comparatively primitive VCR correctly, the onscreen user interface subdivides programming into nine categories.