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succumb

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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
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say uncle, throw in the towel (also throw in the sponge)

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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
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3 to stop living

  • the patient lay so still and pale that everyone thought he had succumbed, and then he opened his eyes
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bite the dust, buy it (or buy the farm), give up the ghost, kick the bucket, snuff it [British]

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4 to yield to the control or power of enemy forces

  • the doctor worked tirelessly until finally he, too, succumbed to the fever
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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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