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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Hence it came to pass that these two Classes could see no force in the so-called axiom about "Distinction of Sides implying Distinction of Colour"; and when all others had succumbed to the fascinations of corporal decoration, the Priests and the Women alone still remained pure from the pollution of paint.
There he heard of the death of Richardson, who had succumbed to fatigue and privation.
She may have had no particular feeling for him, but succumbed to his wish from propinquity or idleness, to find then that she was powerless in a snare of her own contriving.
He had succumbed to the influence of the same drug that had been mixed with our food.
At last he succeeded in calming her, only by confessing that a feeling of pity, in conjunction with the wine he had drunk, had been too much for him, that he had succumbed to Anna's artful influence, and that he would avoid her.
As he stood looking down upon this grim reminder that another man of might had succumbed to the cruel powers of the desert, he was brought to startled attention by the report of a firearm, the sound of which came from the depths of the gorge to the south of him, and reverberated along the steep walls of the narrow rift.
His confederate and chief lieutenant, Paulvitch, true to the long years of teaching of his wily master, had at last succumbed to the treachery and greed that had always marked his superior, and, lured by the thoughts of the immense ransom that he might win by returning the child unharmed, had divulged the secret of its parentage to the woman who maintained the foundling asylum.
Rokoff was dead, and while the fate of Paulvitch was unknown, they had every reason to believe that he had succumbed to the dangers of the jungle where last they had seen him--the malicious tool of his master.
Ned, too, finally succumbed to the overpowering weariness of the first day of travel, and he, too, slept, though it was an uneasy slumber, disturbed by a feeling as though some one were holding a heavy black quilt over his head, preventing him from breathing.
ISLAMABAD -- In Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK), an 11th class student has succumbed to pellet injuries he sustained during anti-India demonstrations in Srinagar city.
In occupied Kashmir, an 11th class student has succumbed to pellet injuries he sustained during anti-India demonstrations in Srinagar city.
Summary: Narayanpur (Chhattisgarh) [India], Aug 25 (ANI): Raju Netam, one of the two security force personnel who sustained injuries in an encounter with Naxals in Abujmarh area on Saturday, has succumbed to his injuries today.
The country is also mourning Kibra MP Ken Okoth and Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore, who succumbed to cancer this month.
Nasik succumbed to a number of health concerns at the age of 85 in Rawalpindi
Another soldier has succumbed to his injuries following an accident in Kilinochchi yesterday, taking the death toll to six.