intermit

[in-ter-mit]
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
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

Synonyms for intermit

1, 3. interrupt. 3. desist.
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British Dictionary definitions for intermitting

intermit

verb -mits, -mitting or -mitted
  1. 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 intermitting

intermit

v.

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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