miscarry

verb
mis·​car·​ry | \ ˌmis-ˈker-ē How to pronounce miscarry (audio) , -ˈka-rē, ˈmis-ˌker-ē, -ˌka-rē\
miscarried; miscarrying; miscarries

Definition of miscarry

intransitive verb

1 obsolete : to come to harm
2 : to suffer miscarriage of a fetus
3 : to fail to achieve the intended purpose : go wrong or amiss the plan miscarried
4 : to fail to reach the intended destination the letter has miscarried

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Examples of miscarry in a Sentence

the scheme to save the stranded dolphins miscarried, and all were lost
Recent Examples on the Web Some states make exceptions for unviable fetuses, or when the mother’s life is in danger, but women who miscarry or intentionally terminate pregnancies have sometimes been jailed for murder. Washington Post, "AP Explains: Reproductive rights in Mexico and Latin America," 29 Sep. 2019 Some states make exceptions for unviable fetuses, or when the mother’s life is in danger, but women who miscarry or intentionally terminate pregnancies have sometimes been jailed for murder. Amy Guthrie, San Diego Union-Tribune, "AP Explains: Abortion rights in Mexico and Latin America," 28 Sep. 2019 The law provides an example of a pregnant woman who miscarries in the wake of a traumatic crime. Lauren Villagran, USA TODAY, "'Living in the shadows': Visa could give undocumented mass shooting victims chance to help," 20 Aug. 2019 Berry gave birth to a daughter, and Lee said she was impregnated five times, but miscarried each one after being beaten by Castro. Diana Pearl, PEOPLE.com, "How Jayme Closs, Elizabeth Smart, Jaycee Dugard and Others Survived Headline-Making Abductions," 19 Aug. 2019 The girl’s pregnant mother, the Broadway actress Ruthie Ann Miles, miscarried as a result of injuries from the crash. New York Times, "Cyclist Deaths in New York City: Accidents or Crimes?," 21 Aug. 2019 After my own mom miscarried (that’s what it was called in the 1950s), that child was never mentioned again. Alice Adams, Houston Chronicle, "Grand Adventure: Grandparents can be ‘forgotten’ mourners," 19 July 2019 Officials in Alabama have dismissed manslaughter charges against a woman who miscarried after she was shot by someone else, her attorneys said Wednesday afternoon. Michael Brice-saddler, Washington Post, "Prosecutor drops case against woman charged with manslaughter after her baby was shot in womb," 3 July 2019 On a punishing two-day march through the arid Sahel, some pregnant women miscarried and other elderly people died. Haruna Umar, The Seattle Times, "Islamic militants’ deadly resurgence threatens Nigeria polls," 12 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of miscarry

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Nov 2019

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The first known use of miscarry was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for miscarry

miscarry

verb
How to pronounce miscarry (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of miscarry

medical : to have a miscarriage : to experience the early and unexpected end of a pregnancy
formal : to go wrong : to fail to achieve the intended purpose

miscarry

verb
mis·​car·​ry | \ mis-ˈker-ē How to pronounce miscarry (audio) \
miscarried; miscarrying

Kids Definition of miscarry

: to go wrong : fail The plan miscarried.
mis·​car·​ry | \ (ˈ)mis-ˈkar-ē How to pronounce miscarry (audio) \
miscarried; miscarrying

Medical Definition of miscarry

: to suffer miscarriage of a fetus miscarried several times before a viable offspring was born — compare abort

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