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annex (something) to (something)

To legally join tracts of land. In order to make such drastic renovations to your home, you'll need to annex more land to your lot. They can't annex our land to theirs—we're a free and independent country! Well, if we annexed this lot to that lot, we would have much more room for our store—and a parking lot too.
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annex something to something

[for a governmental body of a town or city] to attach a parcel of land onto an existing parcel of land through legal proceedings. The village annexed some adjacent land to itself. The adjoining lot was annexed to the site to allow for a bigger building.
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annex to something

[for the owner of a parcel of land] to have land attached to an adjacent town or city. Our community doesn't want to annex to Adamsville. The town voted to annex to the neighboring city of Smithton.
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By the end of 1915, this significant ideological breach had created two political camps, liberal annexationists allied with the right-wing parties on the one hand, and so-called "pacifists" allied with the Social Democrats and many Catholics on the other.
The US "patriots," for instance, spread rumors of revolt throughout Havana, inspiring discontent with the Spanish government to further annexationist aims; the Spanish government itself, likewise, played on creole fears of black unrest by threatening to emancipate the slaves should the creoles continue pursuing annexation (Nwankwo 2006, 585-86; Perez 1990, 48).
British North America, by contrast, enforced somewhat greater interventionist market regulations, securing loyalty among English, Scots, Welsh, and Irish Protestants, French and Irish Catholics, and African descendant immigrants against varying radical Irish and American annexationist sentiments.
As an unabashed annexationist, he wants to formally incorporate the West Bank into Israel.
Several annexationist congressmen likewise invoked Texas, improving (if only slightly) on their belabored argument from the United States government's periodic practices.
Polk, by contrast, risked (some say invited) war against Mexico for annexationist goals.
diplomacy have the courage to do something it had failed to do for over thirty-five years, and put forward an initiative on Palestine that diverged markedly from the Israeli government's colonialist, annexationist agenda?
At an international level, the EIA's collaboration with Nazi and fascist government agencies, whatever its intentions, encouraged annexationist aims in western Europe and the Balkans.
Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin, a staunch annexationist, said, "regardless of the world's opposition, it's time to do in (the West Bank) what we did in (Arab East) Jerusalem and the Golan." And Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon, another Greater Israel nutcase, was quoted as saying: "I think we should no longer think of Jewish settlements in the West Bank but of Palestinian settlements in Israel." And not a peep from Kerry, who remained deferential, as all his predecessors had been in the face of Israeli provocations.
His invasion plans took into consideration the existence of a small group of Puerto Ricans with strong annexationist tendencies.
ii) The more those nationalities pursue the recovery of national diasporas, and the more they pursue annexationist strategies of recovery, the greater the risk of war.
It's not the Zionism that I knew when I first became a Zionist....we have to correct it, we have to reform it to change the policies of the annexationist polices of annexing land, annexing people, annexing houses, etc, etc, etc..."
And that is becoming more difficult to achieve in face of the annexationist policies of the Likud-led government that retains control of large chunks of the West Bank and continues building Jewish settlements there.
Slavery and annexationist desires for Cuba made the island a location that implicitly gave her letters a certain noteworthiness in and beyond national borders.
It is really frightening that we are chasing shadows on five continents only to find that the Israelis create the reality on the ground, and are about to roll out their expansionist and annexationist program.