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"succumb" in British English

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succumbverb [I]

uk   /səˈkʌm/  us   /səˈkʌm/ formal
C2 to ​lose the ​determination to ​oppose something; to ​acceptdefeat: The ​townfinally succumbed last ​week after being ​pounded with ​heavyartillery for more than two ​months. I'm ​afraid I succumbed totemptation and had a ​piece of ​cheesecake. I ​feltsure it would only be a ​matter of ​time before he succumbed to my ​charms.
C2 to ​die or ​sufferbadly 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)

"succumb" in American English

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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 ​icecream.
If you succumb to an ​illness, you ​die from it.
(Definition of succumb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"succumb" in Business English

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succumbverb [I]

uk   us   /səˈkʌm/ 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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