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succumb

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of succumb

  1. 1 to cease resistance (as to another's arguments, demands, or control) he finally succumbed and let his wife get rid of his dilapidated easy chair Synonyms of succumb blink, bow, budge, capitulate, concede, give in, knuckle under, quit, relent, submit, yield, surrenderWords Related to succumb acquiesce; deferNear Antonyms of succumb contend, fight, hold off; battle, breast, combat, confront, counter, defy, face, meet, object, oppose, repel; thwart, withstandAntonyms of succumb resist

  2. 2 to give up and cease resistance (as to a liking, temptation, or habit) refused to succumb to her fears and defiantly walked through the dark cemetery Synonyms of succumb bow, cave (in), give in, submit, yield, surrenderWords Related to succumb cater (to), gratify, indulge, wallow; acquiesce (to), concede (to); buckle (under), knuckle under; give over (to)Near Antonyms of succumb battle, breast, combat, confront, counter, defy, face, fight, meet, object, oppose, repel; thwart, withstand; reject; bridle, check, constrain, curb, inhibit, restrain, stifleAntonyms of succumb hold off, resist

  3. 3 to stop living the patient lay so still and pale that everyone thought he had succumbed, and then he opened his eyes Synonyms of succumb check out, conk (out), croak [slang], decease, demise, depart, drop, end, exit, expire, fall, flatline, go, kick in [slang], kick off [slang], pass (on), pass away, part, peg out [chiefly British], perish, pop off, step out, dieWords Related to succumb predecease; consume, disappear, dry up, fade, failNear Antonyms of succumb come to, revive; linger; be, exist, subsist; flourish, prosper, thriveAntonyms of succumb breathe, live

  4. 4 to yield to the control or power of enemy forces the doctor worked tirelessly until finally he, too, succumbed to the fever Synonyms of succumb capitulate, give up, knuckle under, submit, fall, surrenderWords Related to succumb bow, buckle, cave (in), collapse, give (in); hand over, relinquish; lose; concede, fail, foldNear Antonyms of succumb buck, defy, fight, oppose, repel, resist, withstand; beat, overcome, win; conquer, prevail, triumphAntonyms of succumb endure, stand

Synonym Discussion of succumb

yield, submit, capitulate, succumb, relent, defer mean to give way to someone or something that one can no longer resist. yield may apply to any sort or degree of giving way before force, argument, persuasion, or entreaty.
    • yields too easily in any argument
submit suggests full surrendering after resistance or conflict to the will or control of another.
    • a repentant sinner vowing to submit to the will of God
capitulate stresses the fact of ending all resistance and may imply either a coming to terms (as with an adversary) or hopelessness in the face of an irresistible opposing force.
    • officials capitulated to the protesters' demands
succumb implies weakness and helplessness to the one that gives way or an overwhelming power to the opposing force.
    • a stage actor succumbing to the lure of Hollywood
relent implies a yielding through pity or mercy by one who holds the upper hand.
    • finally relented and let the children stay up late
defer implies a voluntary yielding or submitting out of respect or reverence for or deference and affection toward another.
    • I defer to your expertise in these matters


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