I want a single word verb to express the action of actively having been the victim of susceptibilities.

For example, as a standard use of the word susceptible:

Bob was a recovering alcoholic, and was susceptible to relapsing.

I want to word that describes that he actually did fall victim to the thing he was susceptible to.

Last night Bob [supceeded] to his alcoholism and went on a bender.

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    The title is a paradox, either it's the act or the state.
    – Helmar
    Nov 10 '16 at 22:46
  • He fell victim to his alcoholism Nov 10 '16 at 23:12
  • You have it right there in your post: relapse.
    – TonyK
    Nov 11 '16 at 1:24
  • @TonyK That wouldn't work in other contexts. 'The child relapsed to a a respiratory illness'.
    – dwjohnston
    Nov 11 '16 at 4:20

He succumbed to his alcoholism and went on a bender.


to yield to superior strength or force or overpowering appeal or desire. "succumb to temptation"

  • That's the first word that popped into my head. Nice. Nov 11 '16 at 6:43

A verb that can be used here is surrender.

Last night Bob surrenderred to his alcoholism and went on a bender.


surrender VERB
1.2 (surrender to) Give in to (a powerful emotion or influence):
‘the president has surrendered to panic and is making things worse’

‘I say that we cannot surrender to those temptations.’

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