intransitive verb-·vened′, -·ven′ing
Rare to happen or come, so as to help
Origin of subveneClassical Latin subvenire, to come to one's assistance, literally , to come up from sub-, under + venire, to come
(third-person singular simple present subvenes, present participle subvening, simple past and past participle subvened)
- (intransitive) To arrive or happen so as to help or support
- A future state must needs subvene to prevent the whole edifice from falling into ruin. "” Bishop Warburton.