I think at least part of the meaning is 'to add' and maybe another part of the meaning is 'to alter'. I'm sure is spelt using the letter 'x'.

I remember reading the word a while ago. I'm quite sure I was reading about the 'Siege of Jerusalem' and the word was used to say that more people were added to the populace of the city after it was conquered by their kingdom.

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    Expand or extend, maybe?
    – Dan Bron
    Commented Mar 4, 2016 at 5:17
  • You don’t mean exaggerate, do you? Commented Mar 4, 2016 at 5:27
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    – user140086
    Commented Mar 4, 2016 at 5:28
  • You're looking for amend.
    – deadrat
    Commented Mar 4, 2016 at 7:00
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    @DanBron No joke, I just misread the letter and, I'm afraid, I disregarded the example. Even assuming that the OP meant populace, alter makes little sense in that context. But my fault. When you amend a document, you add to it and generally alter its meaning. Augment doesn't have an x either. Perhaps annex?
    – deadrat
    Commented Mar 4, 2016 at 7:43

2 Answers 2


Within the context, I guess the word you are looking for is Annex / Annexed.

Which means:

  1. To append or attach, especially to a larger or more significant thing.

  2. To incorporate (territory) into an existing political unit such as a country, state, county, or city.

  3. To add or attach, as an attribute, condition, or consequence.

Source: [TFD]

  • Thank-you so much for your responses! I'm not sure I'll ever remember the word but I've learned 'annex' and 'augment' which are very suitable words. Yes I did mean 'populace' thank-you for correcting me on that. My memory is being jogged. I remember this much: The word means to grow larger by something attaching to it - in this context a group of people and/or section of land being added - and the word is usually pertaining to capturing territory. I'm still unsure but if you're still interested I'm eager for answers!
    – Stephen
    Commented Mar 4, 2016 at 16:24
  • Annex: 2. to incorporate (territory) into the domain of a city, country, or state: Germany annexed part of Czechoslovakia. - dictionary.reference.com/browse/annex?s=t I think it must have been 'Annex'. You've helped very much thank you everyone.
    – Stephen
    Commented Mar 4, 2016 at 16:29

Population explosion

It describes a sudden, large increase in the size of a population.

Maybe this is what you saw because it does have that "x" sound.

The geometric expansion of a biological population, especially the unchecked growth in human population resulting from a decrease in infant mortality and an increase in longevity.

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    How about expansion?
    – NVZ
    Commented Mar 4, 2016 at 13:52
  • I believe both refer to a general increase in population, not quite what OP is asking for. The second paragraph sets the context.
    – spyky_42
    Commented Mar 4, 2016 at 14:22
  • @spyky_42 What am I missing here? Second paragraph says "adds more people". Can you help?
    – NVZ
    Commented Mar 4, 2016 at 14:29
  • Well, the first paragraph certainly points to an increase in population. The second one sets the context by saying that the increase happened due to war/siege. So I thought Annexed would be more suitable. I might be wrong, just my thought process.
    – spyky_42
    Commented Mar 4, 2016 at 14:42
  • @spyky_42 I understand annex. It also means to "add something" in general. I think after the conquest, civilisation developed better living standards and hence a rise in population. Maybe we're equally right.
    – NVZ
    Commented Mar 4, 2016 at 14:47

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