from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To append or attach, especially to a larger or more significant thing.
  • transitive v. To incorporate (territory) into an existing political unit such as a country, state, county, or city.
  • transitive v. To add or attach, as an attribute, condition, or consequence.
  • n. A building added on to a larger one or an auxiliary building situated near a main one.
  • n. An addition, such as an appendix, that is made to a record or other document.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An addition, an extension.
  • n. An appendix.
  • n. An addition or extension to a building.
  • n. An addition to the territory of a country or state, from a neighbouring country or state, normally by military force.
  • v. To add something to another, to incorporate into.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Something annexed or appended; as, an additional stipulation to a writing, a subsidiary building to a main building; a wing.
  • intransitive v. To join; to be united.
  • transitive v. To join or attach; usually to subjoin; to affix; to append; -- followed by to.
  • transitive v. To join or add, as a smaller thing to a greater.
  • transitive v. To attach or connect, as a consequence, condition, etc..

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To attach at the end; subjoin; affix: as, to annex a codicil to a will.
  • To unite, as a smaller thing to a greater; join; make an integral part of: as, to annex a conquered province to a kingdom.
  • To attach, especially as an attribute, a condition, or a consequence: as, to annex a penalty to a prohibition.
  • Synonyms Add, Affix, Attach. See add and list under affix.
  • n. Something annexed; specifically, a subsidiary building connected with an industrial exhibition; hence, any similar arrangement for the purpose of providing additional accommodation, or for carrying out some object subordinate to the main and original object. Also spelled annexe.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. take (territory) as if by conquest
  • v. attach to
  • n. an addition that extends a main building


Middle English annexen, from Old French annexer, from Latin annectere, annex-, to connect : ad-, ad- + nectere, to bind; see ned- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French annexe. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English, from Old French annexer ("to join"), from Medieval Latin annexāre, present active infinitive of annexō, frequentative of Latin annectō ("bind to"), from ad ("to") + nectō ("tie, bind"). (Wiktionary)



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