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.
More 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'.

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