An example of succumb is someone handing over their property to the government after a long court battle.
- to give way (to); yield; submit: to succumb to persuasion
- to die: half the population of the town succumbed to the plague
Origin of succumbClassical Latin succumbere from sub-, sub- + cumbere, nasalized form of cubare, to lie: see cube
intransitive verbsuc·cumbed, suc·cumb·ing, suc·cumbs
- To submit to an overpowering force or yield to an overwhelming desire; give up or give in. See Synonyms at yield.
- To die, especially from a disease or injury.
Origin of succumbMiddle English succomben to bring down from Old French succomber from Latin succumbere to lie under, yield sub- sub- -cumbere to lie down ( as in accumbere to lie down )
(third-person singular simple present succumbs, present participle succumbing, simple past and past participle succumbed)
From Old French succomber, from Latin succumbere, present active infinitive of succumbÅ.