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

v consent reluctantly

buckle under, give in, knuckle under, yield
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

v be fatally overwhelmed

come through, make it, pull round, pull through, survive
continue in existence after (an adversity, etc.)
Type of:
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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