[ in-ter-mit ]
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verb (used with object),in·ter·mit·ted, in·ter·mit·ting.
  1. to discontinue temporarily; suspend.

verb (used without object),in·ter·mit·ted, in·ter·mit·ting.
  1. to stop or pause at intervals; be intermittent.

  2. 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

Other words for intermit

Other words from intermit

  • in·ter·mit·ter, in·ter·mit·tor, noun
  • in·ter·mit·ting·ly, adverb
  • un·in·ter·mit·ted, adjective
  • un·in·ter·mit·ting, adjective

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How to use intermit in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for intermit


/ (ˌɪntəˈmɪt) /

verb-mits, -mitting or -mitted
  1. to suspend (activity) or (of activity) to be suspended temporarily or at intervals

Origin of intermit

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

Derived forms of intermit

  • intermittingly, adverb
  • intermittor, noun

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