Definition of intermit in English:



  • 1 Suspend or discontinue (an action or practice) for a time.

    ‘he was urged to intermit his application’
    • ‘Both species reproduce by cyclical parthenogenesis, in which phases of asexual reproduction are intermitted by sexual reproduction.’
    • ‘If you have a grade other than ‘W’ you are able to intermit your place in a course for up to 12 months.’
    • ‘And even the reputations of major figures at times fluctuate, with periods of obscurity intermitting their fame.’
    • ‘His speech is short-breathed, intermitted by asthmatic grunts.’
    adjourn, interrupt, break off, postpone, delay, defer, shelve, arrest, put off, intermit, prorogue, hold over, put aside, pigeonhole, hold in abeyance, keep in abeyance, put in abeyance
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    1. 1.1[no object](especially of a fever or pulse) stop for a time.
      • ‘If a student intermits from their studies, then they will automatically forfeit their tenancy and will only be considered for accommodation on the full resumption of their studies.’
      • ‘A student allowed to intermit may be permitted to return in another session to recommence the programme, or resume the programme, or sit the examinations, as may be decided.’
      • ‘Registered postgraduate Scholars follow a similar procedure to intermit, but should contact the Dean of Graduate Studies instead of the Senior Lecturer.’
      • ‘You should note that you cannot intermit for a period of more than two years consecutively.’
      • ‘Students who have received the sibling discount, then one sibling withdraws or intermits from the course, will have the tuition fee recalculated and may owe the University additional money.’
      • ‘Applicants who intermitted within the past five years may apply for admission to the first or second year if they meet the conditions originally stipulated for admission.’
      • ‘The heart is irregular and intermits every third or fourth beat.’
      • ‘Where a student intermits, or undertakes study away from the university, for more than 28 days, the student must vacate the office and re-apply on their return.’
      • ‘If you need to apply to the Board for permission to intermit, you will need to complete an Application Form which is available from your Self-Service Pages.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Students who have formally intermitted are able to seek permission to continue to have access to the MBBS program and email facilities.’
      • ‘Yes, if you have to temporarily withdraw or intermit from your course, then you can continue to use your computing account and email all the time that you are still registered with the university.’


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