[ 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
OTHER WORDS FROM intermitin·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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How to use intermit in a sentence
At intervals the bells of the churches intermitted their clangor, no doubt in the hope of having silenced the belfry.
While these dispositions were being made, the skirmishing and cannonade were never intermitted for an instant.The Boys of '61|Charles Carleton Coffin.
Indeed, the lava was now almost ceasing to flow, and the bombardment of pumice-stone and fiery cinders had intermitted a little.The White Man's Foot|Grant Allen
Her heart struggled, intermitted its beat, then throbbed against his reclining head as if it were a hammer.Sevenoaks|J. G. Holland
Presently they were setting; up the house at Beckengham, and my aunt intermitted her intellectual activities.Tono Bungay|H. G. Wells
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 intermitintermittingly, adverbintermittor, noun
Word Origin for intermit
C16: from Latin intermittere to leave off, from inter- + mittere to send
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