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English definition of “succumb”


verb [I]     /səˈkʌm/ formal
NOT STOP to not be able to stop yourself doing something: I succumbed to temptation and had some cheesecake .Avoiding actionLaziness and lazy people
SUFFER to die or suffer badly from an illness Being and falling illDeath and dying
(Definition of succumb verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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