an·​nex·​a·​tion ˌa-ˌnek-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce annexation (audio)
plural annexations
: 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
: something that is annexed
… defended their annexations with fire and sword.George Bernard Shaw
annexational adjective
annexationist noun

Examples of annexation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The annexation is among the most significant acquisitions of new work in DAM’s history, a fabulous donation of desirable work from one institution to another. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Denver Post, 20 May 2024 The story follows a 10-year-old Jewish girl from Vienna who is sent to England as part of the 1938 children’s transport that followed Nazi Germany’s annexation of Austria. Ed Meza, Variety, 18 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for annexation 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of annexation was in the 15th century

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“Annexation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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