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 Listeria can also cause pregnant women to miscarry or to have a stillbirth. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "Trader Joe's egg and old-fashioned potato salads recalled because of listeria fears," 24 Dec. 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. Washington Post, "AP Explains: Reproductive rights in Mexico and Latin America," 29 Sep. 2019 In the current scene, Krystle has just figured out that Alexis was the one who fired a rifle in the air, spooking Krystle’s horse, causing her to fall and miscarry her child with oil tycoon Blake Carrington. Morelli Brothers; Fashion Editor: Joanna Hillman, Harper's BAZAAR, "The New Dynasties," 19 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. 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

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First Known Use of miscarry

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Miscarry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miscarry. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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