Meaning of “succumb” in the English Dictionary

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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 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)

"succumb" in Business English

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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)