miscarry

verb

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

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

Examples of miscarry in a Sentence

the scheme to save the stranded dolphins miscarried, and all were lost
Recent Examples on the Web Women who take drugs during pregnancy have been charged with child abuse or neglect, including in cases in which the drugs were legal; women who have miscarried after taking drugs have been charged with manslaughter, even homicide, even when no causal link was proved. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, 4 May 2024 In times of severe stress, pregnant women are more likely to miscarry or give birth prematurely, health workers previously told CNN. Sana Noor Haq, CNN, 30 Jan. 2024 An Ohio woman who miscarried won't be criminally charged for abuse of a corpse, the Trumbull County prosecutor's office said Thursday. Cara Tabachnick, CBS News, 11 Jan. 2024 Brittany went into her bathroom, miscarried into her toilet, and flushed. Daniella Silva, NBC News, 11 Jan. 2024 Over the next three days, Watts made multiple trips to the hospital before miscarrying into her home toilet. Cara Tabachnick, CBS News, 11 Jan. 2024 In Florida, someone can already be criminally charged for the death of a fetus, a law that came about in 2014 after a man tricked his ex-girlfriend into taking medication that caused her to miscarry a seven-week-old embryo. Romy Ellenbogen, Miami Herald, 25 Jan. 2024 Watts miscarried at home in September after spending several days in the hospital, where she had been told her nearly 22-week pregnancy was not viable. Anumita Kaur, Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2024 What followed was a harrowing three days entailing: multiple trips to the hospital; Watts miscarrying into, and then flushing and plunging, a toilet at her home; a police investigation of those actions; and Watts, who is Black, being charged with abuse of a corpse. CBS News, 16 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Miscarry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miscarry. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

miscarry

verb
mis·​car·​ry (ˈ)mis-ˈkar-ē How to pronounce miscarry (audio)
1
: to have a miscarriage : give birth prematurely
2
: to go wrong
the plan miscarried

Medical Definition

miscarry

intransitive verb
mis·​car·​ry (ˈ)mis-ˈkar-ē How to pronounce miscarry (audio)
miscarried; miscarrying
: to suffer miscarriage of a fetus
miscarried several times before a viable offspring was born
compare abort

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