annex

[verb uh-neks, an-eks; noun an-eks, -iks]
verb (used with object)
  1. to attach, append, or add, especially to something larger or more important.
  2. to incorporate (territory) into the domain of a city, country, or state: Germany annexed part of Czechoslovakia.
  3. to take or appropriate, especially without permission.
  4. to attach as an attribute, condition, or consequence.
noun Also especially British, an·nexe.
  1. something annexed.
  2. a subsidiary building or an addition to a building: The emergency room is in the annex of the main building.
  3. something added to a document; appendix; supplement: an annex to a treaty.

Origin of annex

1350–1400; (v.) Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French annexer < Medieval Latin annexāre, derivative of Latin annexus tied to, past participle of annectere (see annectent); (noun) < French annexe or noun use of v.
Related formsan·nex·a·ble, adjectivenon·an·nex·a·ble, adjectivepre·an·nex, verb (used with object)re·an·nex, verb (used with object)un·an·nex·a·ble, adjectiveun·an·nexed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for annexe

Historical Examples of annexe

  • And every evening after dinner he would go down to the annexe with Ata.

    The Moon and Sixpence

    W. Somerset Maugham

  • The annexe, the inscription and the Rue du Petit Pont—all have disappeared .

  • Now there is a water-butt at the junction of the annexe and the main building.

    A Floating Home

    Cyril Ionides

  • What he dreaded most were the classes which were held twice a week in an annexe of the college.

    The Quaint Companions

    Leonard Merrick

  • These would hardly add to the beauty either of the annexe or the studio.

    A Case in Camera

    Oliver Onions


British Dictionary definitions for annexe

annexe

esp US annex

noun
    1. an extension to a main building
    2. a building used as an addition to a main building nearby
  1. something added or annexed, esp a supplement to a document

annex

verb (æˈnɛks) (tr)
  1. to join or add, esp to something larger; attach
  2. to add (territory) by conquest or occupation
  3. to add or append as a condition, warranty, etc
  4. to appropriate without permission
noun (ˈænɛks)
  1. a variant spelling (esp US) of annexe
Derived Formsannexable, adjective

Word Origin for annex

C14: from Medieval Latin annexāre, from Latin annectere to attach to, from nectere to join
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Word Origin and History for annexe

annex

v.

late 14c., "to connect with," from Old French annexer "to join" (13c.), from Medieval Latin annexare, frequentative of Latin annecetere "to bind to," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + nectere "to tie, bind" (see nexus). Almost always meaning "to join in a subordinate capacity." Of nations or territories, c.1400. Related: Annexed; annexing.

annex

n.

1540s, "an adjunct, accessory," from French annexe, from annexer (see annex (v.)). Meaning "supplementary building" is from 1861.

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