in·​ter·​mit ˌin-tər-ˈmit How to pronounce intermit (audio)
intermitted; intermitting

transitive verb

: to cause to cease for a time or at intervals : discontinue
intermitter noun

Word History


Latin intermittere, from inter- + mittere to send

First Known Use

circa 1542, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of intermit was circa 1542

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Cite this Entry

“Intermit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


in·​ter·​mit ˌint-ər-ˈmit How to pronounce intermit (audio)
intermitted; intermitting
: to stop for a time and then continue

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