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[verb uh-neks, an-eks; noun an-eks, -iks]
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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.
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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.
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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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Related Words for annexed

adjoin, associate, affix, unite, attach, appropriate, tag, link, connect, fasten, subjoin, append

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Contemporary Examples of annexed

Historical Examples of annexed

  • It was he who had planned the conquest of Corsica, and annexed it to France.

  • What enviable privileges are annexed to the birth of an Englishman!

  • Hardly a spot of the annexed provinces but is stamped with indelible and, alas!

    In the Heart of Vosges

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • Let then thy foolhardiness pay the penalty which my voice has ever annexed to it.


    William Godwin

  • It was while this was going on that Lancelot, hovering and full of purpose, annexed Urquhart.

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

British Dictionary definitions for annexed


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
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noun (ˈænɛks)
  1. a variant spelling (esp US) of annexe
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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 annexed



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.

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

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