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annex

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verb an·nex \ə-ˈneks, ˈa-ˌneks\

Simple Definition of annex

  • : to add (an area or region) to a country, state, etc. : to take control of (a territory or place)

Full Definition of annex

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to attach as a quality, consequence, or condition

  3. 2 archaic :  to join together materially :  unite

  4. 3 :  to add to something earlier, larger, or more important

  5. 4 :  to incorporate (a country or other territory) within the domain of a state

  6. 5 :  to obtain or take for oneself

an·nex·a·tionplay \ˌa-ˌnek-ˈsā-shən\ noun
an·nex·a·tion·alplay \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
an·nex·a·tion·istplay \-sh(ə-)nist\ noun

Examples of annex

  1. The United States annexed Texas in 1845.

  2. The government planned to annex the islands.



Origin of annex

Middle English, from Anglo-French annexer, from annexe attached, from Latin annexus, past participle of annectere to bind to, from ad- + nectere to bind


First Known Use: 14th century


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annex

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noun an·nex \ˈa-ˌneks, -niks\

Simple Definition of annex

  • : a building that is attached to or near a larger building and usually used as part of it

  • : a section or statement added at the end of a document

Full Definition of annex

  1. :  something annexed as an expansion or supplement: as a :  an added stipulation or statement :  appendix b :  a subsidiary or supplementary building or structure :  wing

Examples of annex

  1. The addition will be used as an annex to the library.

  2. We store our old files in the annex.

  3. an annexe to the document



1501

First Known Use of annex

1501



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