miscarry

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

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

Examples of miscarry in a Sentence

  1. the scheme to save the stranded dolphins miscarried, and all were lost

Recent Examples of miscarry from the Web

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First Known Use of miscarry

14th century

miscarry Synonyms

Synonyms
misfire, come a cropper, come to grief, fall flat, fall short
Related Words
miss; break down, bust, conk (out), crash, die, fail, founder, stall; bomb, fizzle, flame out, flop, flunk, fold, wash out; flounder, struggle; decline, skid, slip, slump, tank, wane
Near Antonyms
prevail, succeed; flourish, prosper, thrive

MISCARRY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of miscarry for English Language Learners

  • 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


MISCARRY Defined for Kids

miscarry

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verb mis·car·ry \ mis-ˈker-ē \

Definition of miscarry for Students

miscarried; miscarrying
:to go wrong :fail
  • The plan miscarried.

Medical Dictionary

miscarry

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intransitive verb mis·car·ry \ (ˈ)mis-ˈkar-ē \

medical Definition of miscarry

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


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