an·​nex | \ ə-ˈneks How to pronounce annex (audio) , ˈa-ˌneks How to pronounce annex (audio) \
annexed; annexing; annexes

Essential Meaning of annex

: to add (an area or region) to a country, state, etc. : to take control of (a territory or place) The United States annexed Texas in 1845. The government planned to annex the islands.

Full Definition of annex

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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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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 Contention about the annexation plan has continued though the past year with unhappy homeowners after learning the city has a right to annex the subdivision and its 70 homes because of waivers signed, mostly by the builders who first owned the lots. Philip Potempa,, 27 Sep. 2021 As part of the UAE deal, Israel agreed to put on hold its plans to annex parts of the West Bank. Tia Goldenberg, Star Tribune, 17 Aug. 2020 And that was enough to upset Chinese state media and Chinese internet users, because China fought alongside North Korea, which failed in its attempt to annex South Korea. Los Angeles Times, 28 May 2021 Trump's Mideast plan, which overwhelmingly favored Israel and was immediately rejected by the Palestinians, would have allowed Israel to annex nearly a third of the West Bank, including all of its settlements. Joseph Krauss, Star Tribune, 18 Nov. 2020 Once the sanitary sewers are installed and connected, the Crown Point will annex these areas, according to the plan. Alexandra Kukulka,, 2 Sep. 2021 The council, in April 2019, voted to annex the subdivision. al, 26 Aug. 2021 Also, the city of Semmes continues its continued efforts to annex properties into its relatively new city. al, 21 July 2021 Arrowhead Union High School District, which is in the town of Merton, has withdrawn its request to annex its campus and the farmland immediately north of it into the village of Hartland. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Melvin Richardson, president of the American Postal Workers Union Local 96, said the annex is only used by employees. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 15 Oct. 2021 The arts center, which is based in the historic Kennedy mansion at 6546 Montgomery Road, also has an events venue and artist studios in an annex nearby at Montgomery Road and Kennedy Avenue. Jeanne Houck, The Enquirer, 14 Oct. 2021 All six had ties to scientists who also worked in the annex. Lewis Kamb, Star Tribune, 31 July 2021 The strains on the medical system are apparent in the annex, too. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, 25 May 2021 Mills also stopped a request to the county, made by MetroHealth and then-Cuyahoga County Sheriff Clifford Pinkney, for money to hire nurses for the jail’s Euclid annex, prosecutors said. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 8 Sep. 2021 The event will span all three of the Mitchell Park Domes (floral show, desert and tropical) and its annex. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Aug. 2021 Plus, headquarters also has its own social-distancing requirements — so the company created an annex to house them. Washington Post, 23 July 2021 Museum Director Cody Hartley said the existing museum will become an annex, but officials could later decide not to use the current building. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 14 June 2021

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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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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


transitive verb
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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