Definition of succumb
1 : to yield to superior strength or force or overpowering appeal or desire succumb to temptation
2 : to be brought to an end (such as death) by the effect of destructive or disruptive forces
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Examples of succumb in a Sentence
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
Last spring, the Knight Ridder chain succumbed to pressure from its largest private investor and sold off its entire lineup of 32 papers to the McClatchy Co. for more than $4 billion. —Eric Klinenberg, Mother Jones, March/April 2007
Yet after Paul died in 1978 and his successor John Paul I succumbed to a heart attack only 34 days into his papacy, Wojyla was so oblivious to his impending fate that he spent the first day of the new papal conclave nonchalantly browsing through a quarterly review of Marxist theory. —David Van Biema, Time, 11 Apr. 2005
Interviews with cadets, police officers and investigators trying to crack down on crime inside Mexico City's 80,000-officer force revealed that even the most earnest cops often succumb to the temptations that are both plentiful and low risk. —Alan Zarembo, Newsweek, 4 Dec. 2000
They will pressure you, and you must try not to succumb.
he finally succumbed and let his wife get rid of his dilapidated easy chair
Recent Examples of succumb from the Web
The only previous Nobel peace laureate to die upon release from prison was Carl von Ossietzky, who was awarded the prize in 1935 while in a Nazi concentration camp and succumbed to consumption.
Adults who catch the disease often do not live longer than five years, usually succumbing to its effects within one to two years.
Churches, mosques, and religious sites also succumbed to the group’s violence.
Pitchfork no doubt sought out Survive because the site has recently succumbed to the cultural gravity of prestige TV, whether the shows are music related or not.
Unfortunately, Baby Driver succumbs to one element of action filmmaking that could have been happily left behind.
Only weeks later would security researchers show that more than 90 percent of the computers that succumbed to WCry were supported versions of Windows that had yet to install a patch that had been publicly available for more than 60 days.
An alternate form of therapy Lozano encourages kids like Katherine, John and Britzy to get involved with the church rather than succumb to such worry and fear.
Kevin talks about what's become of his family—everyone is happy and (mostly) healthy, with the exception of Matt who succumbed to his leukemia.
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Did You Know?
If the idea of someone succumbing brings to mind the image of a person lying down before more powerful forces, you have an excellent grasp of the Latin that gave us succumb. Succumb derives from the French word succomber, which is itself from the Latin word succumbere, meaning "to fall down" or "to yield." Succumbere was formed by combining sub-, meaning "under," with -cumbere, meaning "to lie down." The earliest application of succumb in the late 15th century was as a transitive verb meaning "to bring down" or "to overwhelm," but this sense is now obsolete. The current sense of "to yield" first appeared in print in the early 17th century; the more specific use-yielding to a disease or other destructive force-followed two centuries later.
Origin and Etymology of succumb
French & Latin; French succomber, from Latin succumbere, from sub- + -cumbere to lie down; akin to Latin cubare to lie
First Known Use: 1604See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of succumb
SUCCUMB Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of succumb for English Language Learners
: to stop trying to resist something
: to die
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