- to discontinue temporarily; suspend.
- to stop or pause at intervals; be intermittent.
- to cease, stop, or break off operations for a time.
Origin of intermit
1535–45; < Latin intermittere to leave a space between, drop (for a while), leave off, equivalent to inter- inter- + mittere to send, let go
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1, 3. interrupt. 3. desist.
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Examples from the Web for intermit
There was no answer and no intermit to the sobs and tears she was pouring on my letter.Woven with the Ship
Cyrus Townsend Brady
And having risen, he did not intermit his industry for a moment.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte
William Milligan Sloane
Intermit′tence, Intermit′tency, state of being intermittent.
The other is to intermit it wholly for a certain period, and let other subjects have their swing.Practical Essays
I will do this tonic justice, and frankly admit that the accursed portrait began to intermit its visits under its influence.J. S. Le Fanu's Ghostly Tales, Volume 1
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
- to suspend (activity) or (of activity) to be suspended temporarily or at intervals
C16: from Latin intermittere to leave off, from inter- + mittere to send
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Word Origin and History for intermit
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