- Succumb is defined as to give in to someone or something or to die.
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: to succumb to a 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)