[ in-ter-mit ]
/ ˌɪn tərˈmɪt /

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.

Nearby words

  1. intermigration,
  2. interminable,
  3. intermingle,
  4. intermission,
  5. intermissive,
  6. intermittence,
  7. intermittent,
  8. intermittent acute porphyria,
  9. intermittent claudication,
  10. intermittent cramp

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

Related formsin·ter·mit·ter, in·ter·mit·tor, nounin·ter·mit·ting·ly, adverbun·in·ter·mit·ted, adjectiveun·in·ter·mit·ting, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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 Formsintermittingly, adverbintermittor, noun

Word Origin for intermit

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

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Word Origin and History for intermit



1540s, from Latin intermittere "to leave off, omit, suspend, interrupt, neglect," from inter- "between" (see inter-) + mittere "to send" (see mission). Related: Intermitted; intermitting; intermittingly.

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