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subvene

[suh b-veen] /səbˈvin/
verb (used without object), subvened, subvening.
1.
to arrive or occur as a support or relief.
Origin
1750-1760
1750-60; < Latin subvenīre, equivalent to sub- sub- + venīre to come
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subvene

/səbˈviːn/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (rare) to happen in such a way as to be of assistance, esp in preventing something
Word Origin
C18: from Latin subvenīre, from venīre to come
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