[ in-ter-mit ]
/ ˌɪn tərˈmɪt /
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verb (used with object), in·ter·mit·ted, in·ter·mit·ting.

to discontinue temporarily; suspend.

verb (used without object), in·ter·mit·ted, in·ter·mit·ting.

to stop or pause at intervals; be intermittent.
to cease, stop, or break off operations for a time.



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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


in·ter·mit·ter, in·ter·mit·tor, nounin·ter·mit·ting·ly, adverbun·in·ter·mit·ted, adjectiveun·in·ter·mit·ting, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for intermit

/ (ˌɪntəˈmɪt) /

verb -mits, -mitting or -mitted

to suspend (activity) or (of activity) to be suspended temporarily or at intervals

Derived forms of intermit

intermittingly, adverbintermittor, noun

Word Origin for intermit

C16: from Latin intermittere to leave off, from inter- + mittere to send
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