Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

supervene

play
intransitive verb su·per·vene \ˌsü-pər-ˈvēn\

Simple Definition of supervene

  • : to happen unexpectedly in a way that interrupts, stops, or greatly changes an existing situation

Full Definition of supervene

su·per·venedsu·per·ven·ing

  1. :  to follow or result as an additional, adventitious, or unlooked-for development

su·per·ven·tion play \-ˈven(t)-shən\ noun

Examples of supervene

  1. They had a quiet, happy life until the war supervened.

  2. <it was not the slow-spreading cancer that caused his death but a supervening heart attack>



Origin of supervene

Latin supervenire, from super- + venire to come — more at come


First Known Use: circa 1648

Synonym Discussion of supervene

follow, succeed, ensue, supervene mean to come after something or someone. follow may apply to a coming after in time, position, or logical sequence <speeches followed the dinner>. succeed implies a coming after immediately in a sequence determined by natural order, inheritance, election, or laws of rank <she succeeded her father as head of the business>. ensue commonly suggests a logical consequence or naturally expected development <after the talk a general discussion ensued>. supervene suggests the following or beginning of something unforeseen or unpredictable <unable to continue because of supervening circumstances>.

Medical Dictionary

supervene

play
intransitive verb su·per·vene \ˌsü-pər-ˈvēn\

Medical Definition of supervene

su·per·venedsu·per·ven·ing

  1. :  to follow or result as an additional, adventitious, or unlooked-for development (as in the course of a disease) <the majority of patients die once this complication supervenesScientific American Medicine>




Learn More about supervene


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up supervene? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 11, 2016

the holder of an office

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

16.96 pounds 2.2 pounds 100 pounds 196.5 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ