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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.
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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

addendumappendixadjoinadditionaffixarmadjunctsupplementattachmentsubsidiarywingellassociateuniteattachappropriatetaglinkconnectfasten

Examples from the Web for annexes

Historical Examples

  • There are several young women in the world besides our two Annexes.

    Over the Teacups

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • There is no mistaking the interest with which the two, Annexes watch all this.

    Over the Teacups

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • One of the Annexes, as I have said, has had thoughts of becoming a doctress.

    Over the Teacups

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • What did our two Annexes say to this unexpected turn of events?

    Over the Teacups

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • We have twenty buildings, with five annexes—seven thousand pupils.

    Cuore (Heart)

    Edmondo De Amicis


British Dictionary definitions for annexes

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
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noun (ˈænɛks)
  1. a variant spelling (esp US) of annexe
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Derived Formsannexable, adjective

Word Origin

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

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.

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annex

n.

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

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