annex

verb
an·​nex | \ ə-ˈneks How to pronounce annex (audio) , ˈa-ˌneks How to pronounce annex (audio) \
annexed; annexing; annexes

Definition of annex

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to attach as a quality, consequence, or condition Many privileges were annexed exclusively to royalty.
2 archaic : to join together materially : unite
3 : to add to something earlier, larger, or more important annexed a bibliography to the thesis
4 : to incorporate (a country or other territory) within the domain of a state The U.S. annexed Texas in 1845.
5 : to obtain or take for oneself

annex

noun
an·​nex | \ ˈa-ˌneks How to pronounce annex (audio) , -niks\

Definition of annex (Entry 2 of 2)

: something annexed as an expansion or supplement: such as
a : an added stipulation or statement : appendix approved the annex in the treaty
b : a building that is attached to or near a larger building and usually used as part of it : wing Historical photographs were on view in the library's annex.

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Other Words from annex

Verb

annexation \ ˌa-​ˌnek-​ˈsā-​shən How to pronounce annexation (audio) \ noun
annexational \ -​shnəl How to pronounce annexational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
annexationist \ -​sh(ə-​)nist How to pronounce annexationist (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for annex

Synonyms: Verb

add, adjoin, append, subjoin, tack (on)

Synonyms: Noun

addition, extension, penthouse

Antonyms: Verb

abate, bate, deduct, knock off, remove, subtract, take off

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Examples of annex in a Sentence

Verb

The United States annexed Texas in 1845. The government planned to annex the islands.

Noun

The addition will be used as an annex to the library. We store our old files in the annex. an annexe to the document
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Crimea was annexed from Ukraine following the 2014 Ukrainian revolution and takeover of the area by pro-Russian separatists and armed forces. Deutsche Welle, USA TODAY, "Vladimir Putin to open controversial bridge connecting Russia to Crimea," 15 May 2018 Most of the land encompassing modern day Syria was annexed in 64 BC by the Roman Republic. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Ancient Christian ruins discovered under former ISIS-held territory," 1 May 2018 Huntsville, founded in Madison County, has now annexed land in Limestone County to the west and Morgan County to the south. Paul Gattis, AL.com, "It's official: Huntsville annexes land into Morgan County," 22 Feb. 2018 The Slidell City Council has annexed into the city a nearly four-acre plot of land on Gause Boulevard West that will become the site of a Tractor Supply Co. store. Bob Warren, NOLA.com, "Slidell council annexes 4 acres for Tractor Supply Co. store," 8 Feb. 2018 Puerto Rican identity is deeply rooted in the question of statehood The status of Puerto Rico has been the main political issue on the island since the United States annexed it in 1898 at the end of the Spanish-American War. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Puerto Rico’s push for statehood, explained," 24 Sep. 2018 The 23-page text did contain a reference to an old spending pledge the leaders made in 2014 after Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, convincing NATO of the importance of halting spending cuts. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "Trump says 'European Union is a foe' to US ahead of summit with Putin," 15 July 2018 The strategic highland has since been annexed by Israel, bringing some Israeli troops as well as settlements to within a few dozen miles (kilometers) of Damascus. Washington Post, "Israel lays down red lines for postwar relations with Syria," 5 July 2018 The Linotte found its way onto the government’s balance sheet after the Duc de Bouillon’s lands were annexed by France following the French revolution in 1789, according to Mr. Velde’s research. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "The Bond That’s Still Paying Interest, 280 Years Later," 6 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Of course, if there are only two of you, then use the annex for a kitchen, living room, or changing room. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The 7 Best Rooftop Tents for Far-Out (and Closer-to-Home) Adventures," 26 Apr. 2019 The acupuncture has worked its magic and my skin gleams like a conch shell, but my true moment of genuine wellness arrives not in Eden’s annex but on my last morning at sea, before the sun comes up. Sloane Crosley, Vogue, "All Aboard the Good Ship Self-Care," 12 Mar. 2019 Upon awakening, meander over to our Seth Bird annex for a sumptuous and leisurely breakfast. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "The Best Room At... Winvian Farm," 19 Feb. 2019 Dinner was held in the subterranean depths of the modern annex, which Serdar had cunningly decorated in Belle Epoque style, with banquet tables bearing tall glass vases spilling palm fronds. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Attends Serdar Gülgün’s Opulent Ottoman Ball in Istanbul," 4 Feb. 2019 City Hall and its adjacent annex will need $9 million. Mike Morris, Houston Chronicle, "Want Houston to fix your street, park or library? Harvey may delay the job," 18 June 2018 But have the county keep greenhouses and the annex. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Decision time is quickly approaching for the future of the leaking, aging Mitchell Park Domes," 25 June 2018 The exit from the museum annex across the street delivers visitors to South Main Street, a historic district undergoing renewal, including the transformation of the former train station into a hotel. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, "36 Hours in Memphis," 22 Mar. 2018 The 17-acre property has several annexes, plus some 700 olive trees. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "In a Struggling Italy, Florence Homes Enjoy a New Renaissance," 28 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of annex

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1501, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for annex

Verb and Noun

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

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annex

verb

English Language Learners Definition of annex

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

annex

noun

English Language Learners Definition of annex (Entry 2 of 2)

: a building that is attached to or near a larger building and usually used as part of it
chiefly British : a section or statement added at the end of a document

annex

verb
an·​nex | \ ə-ˈneks How to pronounce annex (audio) , ˈa-ˌneks\
annexed; annexing

Kids Definition of annex

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to add (something) to something else usually so as to become a part of it The United States annexed Texas and it became a state.

annex

noun
an·​nex | \ ˈa-ˌneks How to pronounce annex (audio) \

Kids Definition of annex (Entry 2 of 2)

: a building or part of a building attached to or near another building and considered part of it a school annex
an·​nex | \ ə-ˈneks, ˈa-ˌneks How to pronounce annex (audio) \

Legal Definition of annex

1 : attach sense 2 correspondence annexed to the petition a greenhouse annexed to the building
2 : to incorporate (as a territory) within a political domain the district annexes only shards of 24 additional parishesHays v. Louisiana, 839 F. Supp. 1188 (1993)

Other Words from annex

annexation \ ˌa-​nek-​ˈsā-​shən How to pronounce annexation (audio) \ noun

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