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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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multiple interested parties of subdividers' covenants.
In 1907, the contracting firm of Hart & Carlow were hired by a speculative subdivider to build two houses at 15 Blenheim Road and 49 Lansdowne Avenue North.
Profit-oriented investors, especially subdividers and developers, generally pay much less per acre for large properties than for small ones.
It is one dominated by what Lefebvre calls representations of space, in which the conceptualized products of "scientists, planners, urbanists, technocratic subdividers and social engineers" predominate (Production 39).
At the first annual general meeting of the Trust held in September 1957 he criticised city councillors who chopped down trees and subdividers who 'wreak havoc among the trees and shrubs of the land they are trying to sell'.
The Wisteria Lane that subdividers envy is a stretch of storied Colonial Street on the Universal back lot, and it's played the role of a quietly prosperous (or ominously quiet) neighborhood in scores of movies and series about mostly white, mostly happy and mostly middle-class families.
(119) Subdividers can be required to pay for new schools and to grant some of their land for parks.
It is the space of "technocratic subdividers and social engineers--all of whom identify what is lived and what is perceived with what is conceived." (14) This description could not be more fitting for southern Africa during the period under discussion.
Louis subdividers who provided such services as street maintenance, snow removal, mowing, tree trimming, and street lighting to private neighborhoods through hundreds of private street associations.
Despite this rapid expansion, real estate operators and lessors experienced anemic job growth, while subdividers and developers failed to fully recover from the recession early in the decade.
The three least-profitable sectors were condominium and coop management, real estate subdividers and developers, and small business investment trusts.
Of the social and cultural representational practices that constitute this dimension of space, Lefebvre writes: "conceptualized space, the space of scientists, planners, urbanists, technocratic subdividers and social engineers, as of a certain type of artist with a scientific bent--all of whom identify what is lived and what is perceived with what is conceived" (Lefebvre, The Production of Space, 38; emphasis added).
(2.) More specifically, the results presented in this paper characterize all enterprises operating under current ownership during 1992 and with fewer than 500 full-time-equivalent employees, excluding real estate operators and lessors, real estate subdividers and developers, real estate investment trusts, agricultural enterprises, financial institutions, not-for-profit institutions, government entities, and subsidiaries controlled by other corporations.
* Choose a place with natural and human characteristics that resist change: hills, mountains or rivers that defy expansion, but are not so attractive that yuppie aeries on stilts will grow on the mountainside; citizens who are in love with how the place is now and will fight to keep it that way; no railroads or freeways within many miles; no nearby large, undeveloped parcels that may attract subdividers or manufacturing entities, and most important, far beyond the influence or mentality of urbanites.