[ an-ik-sey-shuh n, -ek- ]
/ ˌæn ɪkˈseɪ ʃən, -ɛk- /


the act or an instance of annexing, or adding to something larger, especially the incorporation of new territory into the domain of a city, country, or state.
the fact of being annexed: Annexation of the two parts of the Bronx in 1874 and 1895 gave New York City the last of its five boroughs.
something annexed: Victory in battle resulted in territorial annexations that remained difficult to govern.


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Origin of annexation

1605–15; < Medieval Latin annexātiōn- (stem of annexātiō), equivalent to annexāt(us) joined to (past participle of annexāre; see annex, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion


Words nearby annexation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for de-annexation

/ (ˌænɪkˈseɪʃən, -ɛk-) /


the act of annexing, esp territory, or the condition of being annexed
something annexed

Derived forms of annexation

annexational, adjectiveannexationism, nounannexationist, noun
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