VCR Lesson 6 Presentation

By Louis Mainwaring Foster

Fill in the Blank

The soldiers were outnumbered and surrounded, so their commanding officer ordered them to (blank) to the enemy and become prisoners of war.
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What Is the Word?

Succumb (verb)
1. To yield; to give in or give up, especially to a powerful force or desire (often used with to).
2. To die
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Roots

Sub (L.) "under"
Cumbere "to lie down"
Cubare "to lie"
It originated in the late 15th century. The use of this word began to increase after 1800. It was used most frequently in 1916. It is still used a little less than in 1916 today.

Interesting Fact

57.5% of Russian soldiers captured by Germans died.
33% of American soldiers captured by Japanese died.

Synonym

  • Submit
  • Surrender
  • Concede
  • Decease
  • Demise

Antonym

  • Resist
  • Fight
  • Overcome
  • Alive
  • Birth

Practice Problems

Choose the letter of the sentence in which the word in bold-faced type is used incorrectly.
A). The Joker would not succumb to Batman and continued to attempt to defeat him.
B). The man could restrain himself no longer, and succumbed to his desire to eat the piece of chocolate cake.
C). After spending twelve years of his life fighting cancer, the old man succumbed in the middle of the night.
D). The boxer, Rocky Balboa, succumbed to Apollo Creed and became the new heavy weight champion of the world.