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[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.
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
Related forms
annexational, adjective
antiannexation, adjective
deannexation, noun
nonannexation, noun
proannexation, adjective
reannexation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for annexation
  • The process of annexation is going on rapidly with the suburbs of all our large cities.
  • If the two part ways, the college could become unincorporated or it could seek annexation into a neighboring town.
  • But attempts at annexation are usually made in jest.
  • annexation is the process by which a city adds land to its jurisdiction.
  • annexation does not guarantee the availability of sanitary sewer.
  • Please see the attached map relating to the annexation area.
  • annexation is the means by which an existing city extends its corporate boundaries.
British Dictionary definitions for annexation


/ˌænɪkˈseɪʃən; -ɛk-/
the act of annexing, esp territory, or the condition of being annexed
something annexed
Derived Forms
annexational, adjective
annexationism, noun
annexationist, noun
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Word Origin and History for annexation

1620s, from Medieval Latin annexiationem (nominative annexatio) "action of annexing," noun of action from past participle stem of annexare (see annex). The Middle English noun form was annexion "union; joining; territory acquired" (mid-15c.).

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