- to give way to superior force; yield: to succumb to despair.
- to yield to disease, wounds, old age, etc.; die.
Origin of succumb
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Examples from the Web for succumb
Salia was the third patient to be treated in Nebraska, but the first to succumb to the disease.Was Flying Hero Doctor With Ebola to the U.S. the Wrong Call?
November 17, 2014
Because we are surrounded by a world that demands we submit, succumb, and believe in nothing.The NRA’s Multimillion-Dollar New Ad Campaign Is Despicable
September 8, 2014
In the 21st century, however, we suppress the magic of it and succumb to the fear of it.Twin Disasters Turn 2014 Into the Year of Flying Dangerously
July 19, 2014
We've already seen Don resist temptation, and succumb to it, and resist it again.Mad Men’s Dramatic Déjà Vu: ‘Time Zones’ Feels Redundant
April 14, 2014
Rather than retreat, she seduced him by falling into a trance and pretending to succumb to a bout of automatic writing.Seduce Like a Writer: How 7 Famous Scribes Wooed
Joni Rendon, Shannon McKenna Schmidt
February 13, 2014
Since death seems joyous, it is not feared, and their friends are glad when they succumb to it.The Dream
I struggle in vain against them; but the more I struggle the more I feel I must succumb.The Sexual Question
"For a few moments, I feared he would not succumb to the bait," she said.Old Rambling House
Frank Patrick Herbert
In general, every evil to which we do not succumb is a benefactor.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
By my soul, if Sylvia tempts you, man, why the devil don't ye just succumb and have done with it?The Snare
- to give way in face of the overwhelming force (of) or desire (for)
- to be fatally overwhelmed (by disease, old age, etc); die (of)
Word Origin and History for succumb
late 15c., from Middle French succomber, from Latin succumbere "submit, sink down, lie under," from sub "down" (see sub-) + -cumbere "take a reclining position," related to cubare "lie down" (see cubicle). Originally transitive; sense of "sink under pressure" is first recorded c.1600. Related: Succumbed; succumbing.