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[in-ter-mit] /ˌɪn tərˈmɪt/
verb (used with object), intermitted, intermitting.
to discontinue temporarily; suspend.
verb (used without object), intermitted, intermitting.
to stop or pause at intervals; be intermittent.
to cease, stop, or break off operations for a time.
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 forms
intermitter, intermittor, noun
intermittingly, adverb
unintermitted, adjective
unintermitting, adjective
1, 3. interrupt. 3. desist. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for intermit


verb -mits, -mitting, -mitted
to suspend (activity) or (of activity) to be suspended temporarily or at intervals
Derived Forms
intermittingly, adverb
intermittor, noun
Word Origin
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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