succumb to

succumb to (something)

1. To allow oneself to be overcome or overpowered by something; to submit or yield to something. No, we cannot succumb to our desires. We must remain chaste before our wedding! I really did have every intention of sticking to my diet, but I succumbed to temptation when my coworker brought in donuts last Friday.
2. To die as a result of something, such as disease, injury, old age, etc. He fought the cancer with bravery and dignity until the bitter end, but sadly he succumbed to the awful disease yesterday morning. My grandmother wanted to make one final trip to Kyoto before succumbing to old age.
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succumb to something

to yield to something, especially a temptation, fatal disease, a human weakness, etc. He finally succumbed to his pneumonia. She did not succumb to the disease until she was very old.
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KARACHI -- Inspector General of Police-Sindh, AD Khowaja has urged the police department officials and staff neither to compromise their professional obligations nor succumb to any unauthorized pressure.
However, to succumb to this thinking is to succumb to the same exact mindset that continues to drive extrajudicial killings in this country, whether the victim is a journalist or activist, farmer or priest, lumad or judge, or one perceived to be a threat to the status quo, or-a 'subhuman' or 'collateral damage' in the war on drugs.
President of the Judicial Council Branko Ushkovski Thursday stressed that he will fight for the honor of this institution, for the authority and rights of the judges and that the Council won't succumb to political influence.
However, injured Maqsood could not succumb to the injuries.
Euro Could Succumb to ECBEoe1/4aos Neutral Stance, Weak Data Japanese Yen Volatility Likely on Currency Intervention.
Why do some officers succumb to life-threatening habits, such as the lack of physical activity and exercise, smoking and excessive drinking habits, and depression, that increase the risk of obesity?
Also, young people, unfamiliar with danger, often discount the likelihood that they will succumb to illness or injury.
Physicians can attest that many patients eventually succumb to cancer long after seemingly successful treatment.
Many persons who abuse substances or who succumb to disabling illness or injury and who therefore indulge in self-destructive behavior, see the future as having only devastation and calamity.
FAISALABAD -- Former Information Minister and senior PPP leader Qamar Zaman Kaira said that his party would never succumb to the hooliganism of ruling PML-N.
By Dhaka, September 08, 2011 (Frontier Star): India will "never succumb to the pressure of terrorism", Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said here Wednesday after a bomb blast at the Delhi High Court left 10 people dead.
Summary: US Dollar Could Succumb to Weak Fundamental Forces This Week Euro On Edge As Eastern European Countries Threaten Renewed Crisis Japanese YenEoe1/4aos Safe Haven.