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v. in·ter·mit·ted, in·ter·mit·ting, in·ter·mits
To suspend an activity; cease.
To suspend (an activity).
[Latin intermittere : inter-, inter- + mittere, to let go.]
vb, -mits, -mitting or -mitted
to suspend (activity) or (of activity) to be suspended temporarily or at intervals
[C16: from Latin intermittere to leave off, from inter- + mittere to send]
ˌinterˈmittor, ˌinterˈmitter n
v. -mit•ted, -mit•ting. v.t.
1. to discontinue temporarily; suspend.v.i.
2. to stop or pause at intervals; be intermittent.
3. to cease or break off operations for a time.
[1535–45; < Latin intermittere to discontinue, leave off =inter- inter- + mittere to send, let go]
in`ter•mit′ter, in`ter•mit′tor, n.
Past participle: intermitted
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|Verb||1.||intermit - cease an action temporarily; "We pause for station identification"; "let's break for lunch"|
cut off, disrupt, interrupt, break up - make a break in; "We interrupt the program for the following messages"
catch one's breath, take a breather, rest, breathe - take a short break from one's activities in order to relax
take five - take a break for five minutes; "The musicians took five during the rehearsal"
take ten - take a ten minute break; "The players took ten during the long rehearsal"