Definition of intermit in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌɪntəˈmɪt/

verb (intermits, intermitting, intermitted)

[with object]
1Suspend or discontinue (an action or practice) for a time: he was urged to intermit his application
More example sentences
  • And even the reputations of major figures at times fluctuate, with periods of obscurity intermitting their fame.
  • Both species reproduce by cyclical parthenogenesis, in which phases of asexual reproduction are intermitted by sexual reproduction.
  • His speech is short-breathed, intermitted by asthmatic grunts.
1.1 [no object] (Especially of a fever or pulse) stop for a time.
Example sentences
  • Students in halls of residence who intermit or withdraw will only pay for the time they are resident.
  • Students must complete the Leave to Intermit Form to obtain permission to intermit from the University.
  • You should note that you cannot intermit for a period of more than two years consecutively.


Mid 16th century: from Latin intermittere, from inter- 'between' + mittere 'let go'.

Words that rhyme with intermit

acquit, admit, backlit, bedsit, befit, bit, Brit, Britt, chit, commit, demit, dit, emit, fit, flit, frit, git, grit, hit, it, kit, knit, legit, lickety-split, lit, manumit, mishit, mitt, nit, omit, outsit, outwit, permit, pit, Pitt, pretermit, quit, remit, retrofit, sit, skit, slit, snit, spit, split, sprit, squit, submit, transmit, twit, whit, wit, writ, zit

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