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English definition of “intermittent”

intermittent

adjective uk   /ˌɪn.təˈmɪt.ənt/ us    /-t̬ɚ-/
not happening regularly or continuously; stopping and starting repeatedly or with periods in between: intermittent rain an intermittent noise Although she made intermittent movie appearances, she was essentially a stage actress.Frequency and regularity - general words
intermittently
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
We've discussed this problem intermittently, but so far we've failed to come up with a solution.Frequency and regularity - general words
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