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Topic: ILLNESS AND DISABILITY

Date: 1400-1500
Language: French
Origin: succomber, from Latin succumbere, from sub- ( SUB-) + cumbere 'to lie down'

succumb

verb
     
suc‧cumb [intransitive] formal
1 to stop opposing someone or something that is stronger than you, and allow them to take control [= give in]
succumb to
Succumbing to pressure from the chemical industry, Governor Blakely amended the regulations.
Gina succumbed to temptation and had a second serving of cake.
2MI if you succumb to an illness, you become very ill or die of it
succumb to
About 400,000 Americans succumb each year to smoking-related illnesses.
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