[ soo-per-veen ]
/ ˌsu pərˈvin /

verb (used without object), su·per·vened, su·per·ven·ing.

to take place or occur as something additional or extraneous (sometimes followed by on or upon).
to ensue.

Origin of supervene

1640–50; < Latin supervenīre, equivalent to super- super- + venīre to come
Related formssu·per·ven·ience [soo-per-veen-yuh ns] /ˌsu pərˈvin yəns/, su·per·ven·tion [soo-per-ven-shuh n] /ˌsu pərˈvɛn ʃən/, nounsu·per·ven·ient [soo-per-veen-yuh nt] /ˌsu pərˈvin yənt/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for supervene


/ (ˌsuːpəˈviːn) /

verb (intr)

to follow closely; ensue
to occur as an unexpected or extraneous development
Derived Formssupervenience or supervention (ˌsuːpəˈvɛnʃən), noun

Word Origin for supervene

C17: from Latin supervenīre to come upon, from super- + venīre to come
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for supervene



1590s (implied in supervenient), from Latin supervenire "come on top of," from super "over, upon" (see super-) + venire "come" (see venue).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper