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Definition of "succumb" [suc•cumb]

  • To submit to an overpowering force or yield to an overwhelming desire; give up or give in. See Synonyms at yield. (verb-intransitive)
  • To die. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "succumb" in a sentence
  • "The family agreed to undergo testing to aid the research and though the names of family members who will succumb is known in the laboratories the family agreed they didn't want to be told."
  • "There are certain combats in which to be the one to succumb is to claim the honours; -- and that is what women will not learn."
  • "Julian Bennett the latest to succumb, which isn't ideal as we only have shuffling or reserve options to cover him."