Much like you attach outposts to cities in Humankind, progressing further into the game enables you to merge cities you control. Done through the Absorb City action, it's a way to reorganize your owned territories while staying below the dreaded city cap.
You won't, however, be able to merge cities from the start of your Humankind game. Indeed, the Absorb City action is locked behind a specific research item that only becomes available once you've proven that your civilization can put down some roots.
Humankind How to Absorb a City You Control
Once you reach the Medieval Era, you can research Military Architecture, which grants you the ability to merge cities in Humankind through the Absorb City action.
To pull it off, you first need to select the city which will get the new territory. Then, move the camera to the target city, which needs to be adjacent, and you should spot the Absorb button next to its name alongside the cost of the action. Click it, provided you can afford the cost, and the target city will merge into the one your first selected.
Aside from decreasing the stability of the city you merge into, the population of the absorbed city also carries over, so you need to make sure that you're able to support it.
This also turns the merged city into an administrative center. Should you later decide you want to detach the territory from your city, it will become an outpost.
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