[ suh-kuhm ]
/ səˈkʌm /

verb (used without object)

to give way to superior force; yield: to succumb to despair.
to yield to disease, wounds, old age, etc.; die.

Origin of succumb

1480–90; < Latin succumbere, equivalent to suc- suc- + -cumbere, transitive derivative of cubāre to lie, recline; cf. incumbent


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British Dictionary definitions for succumb

/ (səˈkʌm) /

verb (intr often foll by to)

to give way in face of the overwhelming force (of) or desire (for)
to be fatally overwhelmed (by disease, old age, etc); die (of)

Derived forms of succumb

succumber, noun

Word Origin for succumb

C15: from Latin succumbere to be overcome, from sub- + -cumbere from cubāre to lie down
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