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- (intransitive) To follow (something) closely, either as a consequence or in contrast.
- 1833, R. J. Bertin, translated by Charles W. Chauncy, Treatise on the Diseases of the Heart, and Great Vessels, Philadelphia: Carey, Lea & Blnachard, page 165:
- The disease was regarded as pneumonia so far advanced that suppuration seemed to have supervened; bleeding, blisters, expectorants, and cathartics diminished the symptoms; the pulse continued frequent, hard, full, but always regular.
- 1836, Michael Ryan, A Manual of Medical Jurisprudence:
- The taste and digestion are often depraved, anorexia, nausea, inappetence and vomiting supervene, the woman desires innutritious or disgusting food, such as chalk, cinders, putrescent animal food, […]
- 1863, Sheridan Le Fanu, The House by the Churchyard:
- After such leave-takings, especially where something like a revelation takes place, there sometimes supervenes, I'm told, a sort of excitement before the chill and ache of separation sets in.
- 1960 November, H. P. White, “The evolution of train services on the Southern's Oxted line”, in Trains Illustrated, page 661:
- However, a national financial crisis supervened and work was stopped on the Surrey & Sussex Junction and the Ouse Valley lines, in the latter case never to start again.
- To supersede.
- To be dependent on an earlier event.
- (philosophy, followed by on) To be dependent on something else for existence, truth, or instantiation.
- “supervene”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “supervene”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- “supervene”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.
- “supervene”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.