Definition of annex in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈneks/
Pronunciation: /ˈaneks/
[with object]
1Append or add as an extra or subordinate part, especially to a document: the first ten amendments were annexed to the Constitution in 1791 (as adjective annexed) the annexed diagram
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  • I think that some of the documents that were referred to are annexed to the affidavit of Ms Chang in any event.
  • Pages 3 onward of the Laudervest / Skyline Agreement are annexed to the Gantzes' Purchase Agreement.
  • It is annexed to an affidavit sworn by the applicant.
1.1Add (territory) to one’s own territory by appropriation: the left bank of the Rhine was annexed by France in 1797
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  • King Moshoeshoe I was left with a mountainous, infertile kingdom when most of his arable land was annexed to the Orange Free State in the 1860s.
  • The lands were annexed to the City of London on January 1st 1993.
  • This procedure was deemed to have been an ‘Act of Free Choice’ in accordance with the United Nations requirements and Indonesia formally annexed the territory in August.
take over, take possession of, appropriate, seize, conquer, occupy
1.2 informal Take for oneself; appropriate: it was bad enough that Richard should have annexed his girlfriend
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  • The town is part of a peninsula that, in 1632, the founding governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, John Winthrop, annexed from local tribes.
  • Well, in Gilbert, we have 76 square miles we've annexed.
  • The third reason is that arguments are constantly being borrowed, swapped and annexed so that any discussion quickly turns into a redundant exercise.
1.3 archaic Add or attach as a condition or consequence.
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  • Stalin is annexed to the general study of pathological dictatorship.
  • Of relevance here is his observation to which I alluded earlier, that with the creative function being annexed to a wider range of discourses, the role of the author as creative origin of a text or document acquires greater salience.
add, append, attach, tack on, tag on


Pronunciation: /ˈaneks/
(chiefly British also annexe) (plural annexes)
1A building joined to or associated with a main building, providing additional space or accommodations.
Example sentences
  • Many of the consulate staff were working in the vulnerable annexes because the main building - a grand Italianate palace known as Pera House - was being renovated following a fire three years ago.
  • It feels to me that this is like building an annex before the main building has gone up.
  • These are located in an annex to the main building.
2An addition to a document: an annex to the report
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  • He said the risk streets were listed in an annex to the report, but the annex had not been made available to the press or public.
  • The Licence Committee considered other available evidence, including that derived from the four publications referred to in the attached annex.
  • The context for the purpose of the interpretation of a treaty shall comprise, in addition to the text, including its preamble and annexes.
extension, addition, bump-out;


Late Middle English: from Old French annexer, from Latin annectere 'connect', from ad- 'to' + nectere 'tie, fasten'.

  • This is from Latin annectere ‘connect’, made up of the elements ad- ‘to’ and nectere ‘tie, fasten’.

Words that rhyme with annex

convex, ex, flex, hex, perplex, Rex, specs, Tex, Tex-Mex, vex

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Syllabification: an·nex

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