intransitive verb suc·cumb \sə-ˈkəm\

: to stop trying to resist something

: to die

Full Definition of SUCCUMB

:  to yield to superior strength or force or overpowering appeal or desire <succumb to temptation>
:  to be brought to an end (as death) by the effect of destructive or disruptive forces

Examples of SUCCUMB

  1. They will pressure you, and you must try not to succumb.
  2. <he finally succumbed and let his wife get rid of his dilapidated easy chair>
  3. Lepanto occupies a curious military fault line between ancient and modern. It was fought with galleys almost identical to those that had clashed in this same gulf sixteen centuries before, when the ships of Antony and Cleopatra succumbed to those of Octavian at the Battle of Actium. —Colin Thubron, New York Times Book Review, 9 Apr. 2009

Origin of SUCCUMB

French & Latin; French succomber, from Latin succumbere, from sub- + -cumbere to lie down; akin to Latin cubare to lie
First Known Use: 1604


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