annexation

noun
an·​nex·​a·​tion | \ ˌa-ˌnek-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce annexation (audio) \
plural annexations

Definition of annexation

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

Other Words from annexation

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

First Known Use of annexation

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about annexation

Time Traveler for annexation

Time Traveler

The first known use of annexation was in 1599

See more words from the same year

Statistics for annexation

Cite this Entry

“Annexation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/annexation. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for annexation

annexation

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

Kids Definition of annexation

: the act of adding new territory

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on annexation

What made you want to look up annexation? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!