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.

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.

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

noun (ˈænɛks)

  1. a variant spelling (esp US) of annexe

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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