from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To submit to an overpowering force or yield to an overwhelming desire; give up or give in. See Synonyms at yield.
  • intransitive v. To die.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To yield to an overpowering force or overwhelming desire.
  • v. To give up, or give in.
  • v. To die.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To yield; to submit; to give up unresistingly

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To sink or give way under pressure or superior force; be defeated; yield; submit; hence, to die.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. be fatally overwhelmed
  • v. consent reluctantly


Middle English succomben, to bring down, from Old French succomber, from Latin succumbere, to lie under, yield : sub-, sub- + -cumbere, to lie down (as in accumbere, to lie down).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French succomber, from Latin succumbere. (Wiktionary)



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