Definition of succumb in English:

succumb

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 Fail to resist pressure, temptation, or some other negative force:

    ‘we cannot merely give up and succumb to despair’
    • ‘Indeed, in a critical aside on contemporary journalism, he sees how other editors succumb to temptations of this sort.’
    • ‘Do not succumb to the temptation of jumping into impulsive and sensational outbursts of heavy workouts.’
    • ‘Sooner or later, I fear, they will succumb to pressure from other, more powerful business interests.’
    • ‘Is there, I wonder, any danger Nel could succumb to the pressure?’
    • ‘Will they will stick to their ground and fight till the end, or succumb to the pressure?’
    • ‘Who but the dourest of indie-snob purists could fail to succumb to its heady delights?’
    • ‘They also succumb to the pressure of having to wear many hats and not truly understanding the business.’
    • ‘For many, the quality of life has deteriorated and they succumb to pressure.’
    • ‘And whoever gets selected for England will, in a pretty short period of time, succumb to the same forces.’
    • ‘In due course, they succumb to his pressure and in his very presence fall into each other's arms.’
    • ‘But somebody somewhere in the industry might succumb to temptation.’
    • ‘So should you stay grey, or succumb to the pressure to hit the bottle (of hair colorant)?’
    • ‘Do not succumb to the temptation to reduce development time, stop time, or clearing time.’
    • ‘They're about how these characters succumb to these pressures and these influences very much like we all do in our lives.’
    • ‘And certain vicars choral did succumb to the temptation of female company.’
    • ‘At the Olympics, the inexperienced juniors are bound to succumb to the intense pressure that will be exerted.’
    • ‘Her tastes are Brazilian-style barbecues and Japanese food but she does succumb to certain temptations.’
    • ‘Young people who feel good about themselves are less likely to succumb to negative pressure.’
    • ‘The opposition will probably be forced to succumb to pressure from the West to join a national unity government.’
    • ‘They have said they are not prepared to succumb to the pressure from the big countries that want everyone else to do as they say and not do as they do.’
    yield, give in, give way, submit, surrender, capitulate, cave in
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    1. 1.1 Die from the effect of a disease or injury:
      ‘after a few blows there, the porcupine succumbs’
      • ‘Shot, gassed and riddled with shrapnel, Tu's father comes back from the Great War a cot-case who has to be nursed on the tribal lands by his wife Ma through his fits and moods until he finally succumbs to his injuries at the age of 39.’
      • ‘Eating less, Neandertals grew weak, succumbing more often to disease and other threats.’
      • ‘Eight passengers died on the spot and two others succumbed to their injuries in hospital.’
      • ‘My mother, so vital to the end, finally succumbs to heart disease.’
      • ‘Men will also live for nine years longer without succumbing to heart disease, and those that do will suffer it for less years of their lives.’
      • ‘Sandra succumbed to the disease, which had plagued her life for the past 13 years, last December.’
      • ‘Two more elephants are believed to have succumbed to the disease on Sunday.’
      • ‘She later succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at the Mayerthorpe Hospital.’
      • ‘Had I not been able to find the money I believe I might well have succumbed to this terrible disease within a matter of months.’
      • ‘The injured were immediately rushed to hospital where Hamida succumbed to her injuries.’
      • ‘They were immediately rushed to hospital where Amin succumbed to his injuries.’
      • ‘Both of them succumbed to their injuries, a couple of days later at a hospital in the city suburbs.’
      • ‘An injured student Irshad Ahmad Sheikh succumbed to his injuries on his way to hospital.’
      • ‘These equations will involve both a rate of change of the proportion of the population succumbing to disease, and some unknown parameters, which we will consider shortly.’
      • ‘Despite the efforts of local people to save her life, the girl succumbed to injuries.’
      • ‘In that time around 12 million sub-Saharan Africans have succumbed to the disease.’
      • ‘Scores of carriageworkers had already succumbed to diseases brought on by working with the man-made fibre.’
      • ‘In fact, one out of every 2.4 women succumbs to heart disease, making it the leading cause of death among women.’
      • ‘Many of those who die as a result of the disease succumb in their 30s or 40s.’
      • ‘After the man succumbs to his injuries, Richard is blamed for his death but gives a false name to the police so as not to shame his family.’
      die from, die of, pass away as a result of, be a fatality of
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Origin

Late 15th century (in the sense ‘bring low, overwhelm’): from Old French succomber or Latin succumbere, from sub- under + a verb related to cubare to lie.

Pronunciation:

succumb

/səˈkʌm/