- 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 intermitted
What intermits or is intermitted returns again, as a fever that intermits.English Synonyms and Antonyms
James Champlin Fernald
The doctors say in their account that it was while they intermitted the holding of our feet.The Missing Link in Modern Spiritualism
A. Leah Underhill
But Augustus was the first, who restored that intermitted law.
At this time, it should be remembered, regular exchanges were intermitted.The Life of Jefferson Davis
Frank H. Alfriend
I am not informed that any died of this fever whilst it intermitted.A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II (of 2)
- 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 intermitted
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