Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • verb take (territory) as if by conquest
  • verb attach to
  • noun an addition that extends a main building

Etymologies

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

[Middle English annexen, from Old French annexer, from Latin annectere, annex-, to connect : ad-, ad- + nectere, to bind; see ned- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French annexe.

Examples

  • "This is what we call our annex -- the annex to our camp."

    The Motor Girls on Cedar Lake Or the Hermit of Fern Island

  • Two other guest rooms occupy a separate wing, and a fourth is located in the attic of the garage annex, which is connected to the house by a glass passageway.

    Queenstown Contemporary

  • On October 3, the committee suspended publication of the so-called annex bulletin on the Suez situation because of “the preponderance of indications that the UK and France do not intend to resort to force at this time.”

    Eisenhower 1956

  • On October 3, the committee suspended publication of the so-called annex bulletin on the Suez situation because of “the preponderance of indications that the UK and France do not intend to resort to force at this time.”

    Eisenhower 1956

  • While the Fountainebleu apartments sit across from an entrance to the university, it also is operated with a smaller property known as the annex, which doesn't have its own cafeteria, so residents must walk several blocks to the Fountainebleu if they want to eat in a dining facility.

    Off-Campus Housing: 101

  • The Kyoto Protocol depended heavily on the commitments of the so-called annex one countries who were seen at the time as the biggest polluters.

    CNN Transcript Dec 6, 2009

  • The Kyoto Protocol depended heavily on the commitments of the so-called annex one countries who were seen at the time as the biggest polluters.

    CNN Transcript Dec 5, 2009

  • The Kyoto Protocol depended heavily on the commitments of the so-called annex one countries who were seen at the time as the biggest polluters.

    CNN Transcript Dec 6, 2009

  • The Kyoto Protocol depended heavily on the commitments of the so-called annex one countries who were seen at the time as the biggest polluters.

    CNN Transcript Dec 7, 2009

  • Terry Opdendyk Others are considering so-called annex funds, which are side funds that can provide an extra pool of money.

    As Cash Stops Flowing, Venture Capitalists Get Creative

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