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succumbverb [I]

uk   /səˈkʌm/ us   /səˈkʌm/ formal
C2 to lose the determination to oppose something; to accept defeat: The town finally succumbed last week after being pounded with heavy artillery for more than two months. I'm afraid I succumbed to temptation and had a piece of cheesecake. I felt sure it would only be a matter of time before he succumbed to my charms.
C2 to die or suffer badly from an illness: Thousands of cows have succumbed to the disease in the past few months.
(Definition of succumb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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succumbverb [I]

us   /səˈkʌm/
to lose the determination to oppose something, or to give up and accept something that you first opposed: She succumbed to temptation and had a second helping of ice cream.
If you succumb to an illness, you die from it.
(Definition of succumb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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succumbverb [I]

uk   /səˈkʌm/ us   formal
to lose the determination to oppose something, or to accept defeat: succumb to sth The company succumbed to a $41bn bid from its arch rival.
(Definition of succumb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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