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

Wilson was elected in 1896 to the school board of Hartwell before it was annexed to Cincinnati – two years after women were allowed to serve on school boards. Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati.com, "100 years ago Ohio ratified the 19th Amendment. Here are 6 women who made suffrage reality," 14 June 2019 Israel captured most of the Golan from Syria in the 1967 war and formally annexed it in 1981. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Israel’s Golan Heights," 21 Mar. 2019 The original vision of George Mitchell was to keep The Woodlands together, but have it be annexed by the city of Houston. Marialuisa Rincon, Houston Chronicle, "Villager Q & A: Gordy Bunch, chairman The Woodlands Township Board of Directors," 22 June 2018 Russia annexed the peninsula from Ukraine nearly five years ago and has since tightened its grip on it. Alex Ward, Vox, "Russia just openly attacked Ukraine. That could mean their war will get worse.," 26 Nov. 2018 An insurgency has simmered in Papua since the early 1960s, when Indonesia annexed the region that was a former Dutch colony. Niniek Karmini, The Seattle Times, "Indonesia rejects rebels’ demand on Papua independence talks," 11 Dec. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Blinds in three windows in the downtown annex office for Desmond’s staff cost about $7,000 total. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Supervisor budgets $240,000 for office furniture, remodeling," 21 June 2019 The Arizona Capitol Times reports that ideas for the state library’s former home on the third floor of an annex sitting between the 118-year-old copper-domed Capitol and the nine-story Executive Tower are percolating. USA TODAY, "Mural for missing women, ‘Jedi’ cremations, MRI party: News from around our 50 states," 18 June 2019 In an interview with the newspaper published Saturday, David M. Friedman declined to say how the United States would respond if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu moved to annex West Bank land unilaterally. NBC News, "U.S. Ambassador David Friedman says Israel has the right to annex parts of the West Bank," 8 June 2019 Frogmore Cottage reportedly has a guest annex where her mother, Doria Ragland, is staying. Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Had a Surprise Visit From the Queen at Their New Home," 30 Apr. 2019 If an option like floating annexes doesn’t take hold, that could simply boost the prospects for more dredging and filling—the solutions of choice through the past century, which already say global sea levels rise about a foot. Andrew Revkin, National Geographic, "Floating cities could ease the world’s housing crunch, the UN says," 5 Apr. 2019 For instance, the electricity went out in an annex on the site, causing some frozen specimens to begin to rot. Marcelo Silva De Sousa, The Seattle Times, "Researchers hope some objects survived Brazil museum fire," 4 Sep. 2018 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

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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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