mis·​car·​ry | \ˌmis-ˈker-ē, -ˈka-rē, ˈmis-ˌ\
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

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Women have been miscarrying since the beginning of our species. Natalie Lampert, Marie Claire, "Why Women Reeling From Miscarriage Are Turning to the Web," 1 Oct. 2018 Cambridge entrepreneur Chris Tolles reached out after his wife twice miscarried. Washington Post, "‘Shouting into the void’: Miscarriages color mom-to-be’s art," 11 May 2018 Kelsie miscarried again about one year after Bennett’s first birthday, and then again... Sasha Henriques, Woman's Day, "NEVER Scrub a Pot or Pan Again with This Simple Trick," 18 Aug. 2015 The quickness with which 4:44 was embraced critically—even as Jay admitted on the titular track that the stress of his disloyalty may have caused Bey to miscarry—was difficult to digest, but not surprising. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Do Beyoncé Fans Have to Forgive Jay-Z?," 18 June 2018 The researchers initial examination of the tiny remains led them to the conclusion the baby had been a premature, miscarried or stillborn child. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "How a Copper Coin Mummified a Baby’s Hand," 26 May 2018 His wife miscarried four times and the couple remained childless. Anchorage Daily News, "‘Finding John Rae’ imagines inner life of Arctic explorer who discovered the Franklin expedition’s grisly fate," 26 May 2018 Less than a week later — perhaps as a result of the stress from Henry’s near-death experience — Anne miscarried what appeared to be a male fetus. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Anne Boleyn," 25 May 2018 The fact that Anne had miscarried his longed-for son only made things worse. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Anne Boleyn," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of miscarry

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of miscarry

medical : to have a miscarriage : to experience the early and unexpected end of a pregnancy

: to go wrong : to fail to achieve the intended purpose


mis·​car·​ry | \mis-ˈker-ē \
miscarried; miscarrying

Kids Definition of miscarry

: to go wrong : fail The plan miscarried.

mis·​car·​ry | \(ˈ)mis-ˈkar-ē \
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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