Definition of supervene verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

supervene

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˌsuːpəˈviːn//
 
, BrE//ˌsjuːpəˈviːn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌsuːpərˈviːn//
 
[intransitive](formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they supervene
BrE BrE//ˌsuːpəˈviːn//
 
, BrE//ˌsjuːpəˈviːn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌsuːpərˈviːn//
 
he / she / it supervenes
BrE BrE//ˌsuːpəˈviːnz//
 
, BrE//ˌsjuːpəˈviːnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌsuːpərˈviːnz//
 
past simple supervened
BrE BrE//ˌsuːpəˈviːnd//
 
, BrE//ˌsjuːpəˈviːnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌsuːpərˈviːnd//
 
past participle supervened
BrE BrE//ˌsuːpəˈviːnd//
 
, BrE//ˌsjuːpəˈviːnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌsuːpərˈviːnd//
 
-ing form supervening
BrE BrE//ˌsuːpəˈviːnɪŋ//
 
, BrE//ˌsjuːpəˈviːnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌsuːpərˈviːnɪŋ//
 
 
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to happen, especially unexpectedly, and have a powerful effect on the existing situation Her future was full of promise until illness supervened. Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from Latin supervenire, from super- ‘in addition’ + venire ‘come’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: supervene