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


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.

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for annex

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The residents won the first round in the fight to block the quarry, after a request to annex several properties into Clay and re-zone them for mining was withdrawn after the city council did not take action on it. Dennis Pillion |, al, 1 June 2021 Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirmed Thursday that the United States was no longer interested in buying Greenland, scuttling for good a quixotic 2019 proposal by the Trump administration to annex the self-governing Danish territory., 21 May 2021 Those who couldn’t be bothered with high art debated how Baltimore City was going to annex a chunk of Baltimore County. Jacques Kelly,, 20 May 2021 In recent years, Netanyahu expanded settlements, threatened to annex large parts of the West Bank, and moved the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. Time, 18 May 2021 The United States recognized Hawaiian independence in 1826 and spent decades persuading other countries not to annex the islands. New York Times, 17 May 2021 Even President Andrew Jackson, a Tennessee slave owner and unapologetic expansionist, was reluctant to annex Texas owing to northern fears over slavery's growth. Kevin Duchschere, Star Tribune, 14 May 2021 As part of a deal with the UAE, Israel agreed to temporarily halt its controversial plan to annex parts of the West Bank, land that Palestinians see as vital to their hopes of a future states. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, 16 May 2021 The Israeli leader abandoned his stated plan to annex certain Palestinian districts weeks later, as part of the signing of the Abraham Accords with the United Arab Emirates. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, 5 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Wooden chalets are also available, some with an igloo annex for an even more comfortable aurora-hunting experience. David Nikel, Forbes, 3 June 2021 Phillips’ son, DeAundre, was shot and killed in January 2017 outside an Atlanta police annex by a plainclothes officer who had questioned him about allegedly smoking marijuana. Christian Boone, ajc, 26 May 2021 The Beaux Arts building, which was designed by Harry Allan Jacobs and constructed from 1901 to 1904, also has an annex that was built from 1906 to 1907 and designed by Charles T. Mott. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 26 May 2021 About 10,000 foreigners are housed in a secure annex in the camp, and many remain die-hard supporters of IS. Star Tribune, 25 May 2021 Comoy insisted the annex not try to mimic the rest of the house. WSJ, 24 Apr. 2021 The duo is working on launching an annex business called Ceremony, a natural wine and cocktail subscription service that will be available nationally beginning in June. Lindsey Tramuta, Fortune, 5 May 2021 Rosemary, citronella, and myrtle line the pathway that separates the main restaurant, Carosello, from an annex with a small bar and patio, where pianist Carmelo Padellaro holds court from a baby grand each night. Travel + Leisure Staff, Travel + Leisure, 19 Feb. 2020 Another possibility could be she will be buried alongside her parents and sister, Princess Margaret, in the King George VI Memorial Chapel, a small annex named for her father within the larger St. George's Chapel. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, 9 Apr. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'annex.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of annex


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About annex

Time Traveler for annex

Time Traveler

The first known use of annex was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for annex

Last Updated

8 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Annex.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for annex



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)



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


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.


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 annex (audio) \ noun

More from Merriam-Webster on annex

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for annex

Nglish: Translation of annex for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of annex for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Dog Breeds

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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