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annex

verb an·nex \ ə-ˈneks , ˈa-ˌneks \
Updated on: 30 Nov 2017

Definition of annex

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

annexation

play \ˌa-ˌnek-ˈsā-shən\ noun

annexational

play \-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl\ adjective

annexationist

play \-sh(ə-)nist\ noun

Examples of annex in a Sentence

  1. The United States annexed Texas in 1845.

  2. The government planned to annex the islands.

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Origin and Etymology 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

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annex

noun an·nex \ ˈa-ˌneks , -niks \

Definition of annex

: 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.

Examples of annex in a Sentence

  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

Recent Examples of annex from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of annex

see 1annex

annex Synonyms

Synonyms
addition, extension, penthouse
Related Words
arm, ell, wing

ANNEX Defined for English Language Learners

annex

verb

Definition of annex for English Language Learners

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


annex

noun

Definition of annex for English Language Learners

  • : 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


ANNEX Defined for Kids

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annex

verb an·nex \ ə-ˈneks , ˈa-ˌneks \

Definition of annex for Students

annexed; annexing
: 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.

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annex

noun an·nex \ ˈa-ˌneks \

Definition of annex for Students

: a building or part of a building attached to or near another building and considered part of it
  • a school annex

Law Dictionary

annex

transitive verb an·nex \ ə-ˈneks, ˈa-ˌneks \

legal Definition of annex

1 : attach 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 parishes
  • Hays v. Louisiana, 839 F. Supp. 1188 (1993)

annexation

play \ˌa-nek-ˈsā-shən\ noun


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