Use the verb succumb to say that someone yields to something they've tried to fight off, such as despair, temptation, disease or injury.

If you succumb to cancer, it means you die of it. From this sentence you can see that this verb is usually followed by the preposition to. The Latin root is succumbere, from the prefix sub- "under" plus -cumbere "to lie down."

Definitions of succumb
  1. verb
    give in, as to overwhelming force, influence, or pressure
    synonyms: relent, soften, yield
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    remain firm, stand
    hold one's ground; maintain a position; be steadfast or upright
    fend, resist, stand
    withstand the force of something
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    yield to out of weakness
  2. verb
    consent reluctantly
    synonyms: buckle, buckle under, give in, knuckle under, yield
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    accede, bow, defer, give in, submit
    yield to another's wish or opinion
    type of:
    accept, consent, go for
    give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to
  3. verb
    be fatally overwhelmed
    synonyms: yield
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    come through, make it, pull round, pull through, survive
    continue in existence after (an adversity, etc.)
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    buy the farm, cash in one's chips, choke, conk, croak, decease, die, drop dead, exit, expire, give-up the ghost, go, kick the bucket, pass, pass away, perish, pop off, snuff it
    pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
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