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From Old French succomber, from Latin succumbere, present active infinitive of succumbō.



succumb (third-person singular simple present succumbs, present participle succumbing, simple past and past participle succumbed)

  1. (intransitive) To yield to an overpowering force or overwhelming desire.
    succumb to temptation
    succumb under misfortunes
    Thai culture as in many other Asian cultures, is succumbing to the influence of westernization.
    • 2011 December 21, Tom Rostance, “Fulham 0 - 5 Man Utd”, BBC Sport:
      Jones was called into action to deny Ruiz with a fine tackle before succumbing to his injury.
  2. (intransitive) To give up, or give in.
  3. (intransitive) To die.
    succumb to pneumonia