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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
Who can avoid being seized by cramps, as American Jared Donaldson was in his five-set loss to Grigor Dimitrov on Wednesday, forced to serve underhanded before succumbing in the second round of the French Open.
Plenty of hearts among the 19,598 at Petco Park sank, too, as outfielder Franchy Cordero raced in before succumbing to too much real estate, too much off-the-bat bite and not nearly enough time.
According to Marca, the tenacious 26-year-old has struggled to settle in France since his move to the Ligue 1 giants - despite scoring 28 goals in 30 matches before succumbing to a fractured foot in February.
With Justin Bour at the plate — pinch-hitting for the second night in a row — Brinson survived six pickoff attempts before succumbing to the seventh.
Kevin Constantine was the coach, Arturs Irbe was in goal and the Sharks beat Calgary on a Ray Whitney goal in double-overtime before succumbing to the Red Wings in four straight.
An entire class of schoolchildren apparently died in Sunday’s fire, some having had the chance to make desperate, futile phone calls to parents or relatives before succumbing to smoke and flames.
An entire class of schoolchildren apparently died in the fire, some having had the chance to make desperate, futile phone calls to parents or relatives before succumbing to the smoke and flames.
Nielson died at the scene, while Gardner was transported to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto before succumbing to his injuries.
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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.
Synonym Discussion of succumb
- yields too easily in any argument
- a repentant sinner vowing to submit to the will of God
- officials capitulated to the protesters' demands
- a stage actor succumbing to the lure of Hollywood
- finally relented and let the children stay up late
- I defer to your expertise in these matters
SUCCUMB Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of succumb for English Language Learners
: to stop trying to resist something
: to die
SUCCUMB Defined for Kids
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