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.

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Synonyms & Antonyms for annex

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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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 The village of Glencoe is in negotiations to annex unincorporated land that is currently part of the Cook County Forest Preserve District, including a section of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "Glencoe looks to annex unincorporated portions of Chicago Botanic Garden, nearby county land," 23 Dec. 2020 As part of the deal, Mr. Trump agreed to recognize Morocco’s disputed hold on Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony that Morocco sought to annex in 1975. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, "White House Aide Jared Kushner on First Israeli Commercial Flight to Morocco," 22 Dec. 2020 The city council for Clay, a town of nearly 10,000 people, did not act on the request to annex the land on Oct. 13, as no councilor made a motion to approve the measure after the mayor introduced it. Dennis Pillion |, al, "Tallest peak in Jefferson County targeted for mining, neighbors fight back," 26 Oct. 2020 The revolution prompted President Vladimir Putin to annex Crimea from his neighbor and foment the war on the two former allies’ border that rumbles on today. Ilya Arkhipov,, "Putin’s Man in Ukraine Is Making Gains Even as War Grinds On," 23 Dec. 2020 Mideast plan, which would allow Israel to annex about a third of the West Bank, including all its settlements, had proven that the settlements are not an obstacle to peace. Joseph Krauss, Anchorage Daily News, "New roads pave way for massive growth of Israeli settlements," 7 Dec. 2020 If the state Board of Education agrees with that assessment, by law the state must reconstitute, annex or consolidate the Dollarway School District. Eplunus Colvin, Arkansas Online, "Exit plan falls short for Dollarway district," 14 Nov. 2020 Mount Airy officials have expressed concerns that even if the town opts not to annex and develop a property spanning 258 acres, Carroll County will develop the land anyway. Ben Leonard,, "Mount Airy officials fear 250 acres will be developed regardless of annexation: ‘We’re being blackmailed’," 21 Oct. 2020 The Arkansas Board of Education voted 7-0 Thursday to annex the Dollarway School District into the Pine Bluff School District effective July 1. Cynthia Howell, Arkansas Online, "State board OKs Dollarway School District annexation into Pine Bluff," 10 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Apparently the whole hotel was soon available, because it was bought, made over and renamed one more time as the Granada Hotel, and the annex across the street turns up as the Granada Ballroom in the 1960 city directory. Paula Allen,, "From James Brown to Jane Fonda, San Antonio’s downtown Pusi-Kat Club kept youth dancing in 1960s," 9 Jan. 2021 This annex focuses on Commanders and Leaders, and their role in establishing and maintaining expectations and attitudes to support positive behaviors and healthy relationships. CBS News, "Military's system to combat sexual assault is broken, survivors say: "It's so much bigger than it seems"," 18 Nov. 2020 Property for sale Economic Development Director Susan Drucker told council that the former Temple Emmanuel building, 2200 Green Road, owned in recent years by John Carroll University as part of its annex, has been put up for sale by the university. cleveland, "Amid rash of car thefts, University Heights police ask residents not to make thieves' job easy," 17 Nov. 2020 Trump made a stop at his campaign headquarters and the Republican National Committee annex to speak briefly with staff and reporters Tuesday afternoon. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Trump thanks campaign staff and reflects on presidency in Virginia on Election Day," 3 Nov. 2020 Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton had filed an emergency motion Saturday for a stay to block a district court order that would have allowed county officials to accept hand delivery of mail-in ballots at any county annex or satellite office. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Late night court decision rules Texans will only have one ballot drop box per county," 13 Oct. 2020 And if San Diego voters had approved $1.15 billion in public money toward a Chargers stadium and convention-center annex? Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Chargers-Raiders rivalry takes unique turn to domed stadium, fake grass and Vegas tie-in," 5 Nov. 2020 The winter market returns from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays at the Mitchell Park Domes greenhouse annex, 524 S. Layton Blvd. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Winter farmers markets will be back Nov. 7 in Milwaukee and Oconomowoc," 3 Nov. 2020 The annex opened in September 2019 as a revenue stream and a training facility for employees. Lara Farrar, Arkansas Online, "Delays over, casino in Pine Bluff opens its doors," 21 Oct. 2020

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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

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

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15 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

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

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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)


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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

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