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[verb uh-neks, an-eks; noun an-eks, -iks] /verb əˈnɛks, ˈæn ɛks; noun ˈæn ɛks, -ɪks/
verb (used with object)
to attach, append, or add, especially to something larger or more important.
to incorporate (territory) into the domain of a city, country, or state:
Germany annexed part of Czechoslovakia.
to take or appropriate, especially without permission.
to attach as an attribute, condition, or consequence.
noun, Also, especially British, annexe
something annexed.
a subsidiary building or an addition to a building:
The emergency room is in the annex of the main building.
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 forms
annexable, adjective
nonannexable, adjective
preannex, verb (used with object)
reannex, verb (used with object)
unannexable, adjective
unannexed, adjective Unabridged
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  • The annexed cut represents a cramp-ring of lead, simply cast in a mould, and sold cheap for the use of the commonalty.

    Finger-Ring Lore William Jones
  • As a consequence, the annexed document has been signed by the said representatives.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • Hanover, whose king had sided with the Austrians, was annexed to Prussia.

  • The names of the officers killed and wounded, as far as they can be collected, are annexed.

    Jackanapes Juliana Horatio Ewing
  • In 1868 the march of invasion reached Bokhara, and in 1873 the oasis of Khiva was conquered and annexed.

British Dictionary definitions for annexed


verb (transitive) (æˈnɛks)
to join or add, esp to something larger; attach
to add (territory) by conquest or occupation
to add or append as a condition, warranty, etc
to appropriate without permission
noun (ˈænɛks)
a variant spelling (esp US) of annexe
Derived Forms
annexable, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin annexāre, from Latin annectere to attach to, from nectere to join
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Contemporary definitions for annexed

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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.


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

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