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succumb

suc·cumb

succumb

 
pronunciation:
s kuhm
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: succumbed, succumbing, succumbs
definition: to give in or give way to a fatal illness, superior force, overwhelming desire, or the like; yield.
His sister succumbed to diphtheria that winter.They could hold off the enemy no longer and were forced to succumb.He tried to resist the desserts, but after seeing the tray he succumbed.
synonyms:
give way, surrender, yield
antonyms:
endure, resist, triumph
similar words:
acquiesce, bend, capitulate, give, go down, submit, withdraw
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The word succumb contains the following part:
suc- Latin prefix that means under, below
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The prefix suc- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of sub- used before roots beginning with "c," such as "ced, ces, -ceed, -cede, -cess." See sub-.
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