intermit

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin intermittere, from inter- + mittere.

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intermit (third-person singular simple present intermits, present participle intermitting, simple past and past participle intermitted)

  1. (transitive, now rare) To interrupt, to stop or cease temporarily or periodically; to suspend.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, vol. I, New York 2001, p. 243:
      Idleness [...] of body is nothing but a kind of of benumbing laziness, intermitting exercise, which, if we may believe Fernelius, “[...] makes them unapt to do anything whatever.”
    • Shakespeare
      Pray to the gods to intermit the plague.

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