annexation

noun an·nex·a·tion \ ˌa-ˌnek-ˈsā-shən \

Definition of annexation

plural annexations
1 : the act of annexing something or the state of being annexed : the addition of an area or region to a country, state, etc.
  • The Senate rejected the Hawaiian reciprocity treaty, the purchase of the Virgin Islands from Denmark, the annexation of Santo Domingo and the annexation of Samoa.
  • —Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
  • In the early part of the 20th century, Chinese writers generally dated the annexation of Tibet to the 18th century.
  • —Elliot Sperling
2 : something that is annexed
  • … defended their annexations with fire and sword.
  • —George Bernard Shaw

First Known Use of annexation

1599

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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annexation

noun an·nex·ation \ ˌa-ˌnek-ˈsā-shən \

Definition of annexation for Students

: the act of adding new territory


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