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 These encouraging results come on the heels of social media buzz claiming that, instead of protection, the COVID-19 vaccines are causing pregnant women to miscarry. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, "Fact check: No evidence of miscarriage surge since vaccine rollout," 13 Apr. 2021 Women who miscarry often fall under suspicion, and those convicted of having abortions can be sentenced to decades in prison. New York Times, "Argentina Legalizes Abortion, a Milestone in a Conservative Region," 30 Dec. 2020 During coronavirus lockdowns, women who sought surgical treatment for their miscarriages were turned away and told to miscarry at home. Fortune, "Oprah Winfrey’s Breonna Taylor tribute and the power of female platforms," 31 July 2020 The café owner known only as Fleabag attends a family dinner at which a wedding is discussed, alcoholism is confronted, and pregnancies are miscarried—all in the space of a few discombobulating minutes. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "So Sad, Can’t Stop Laughing," 4 May 2020 Women have, of course, been miscarrying since the beginning of time; stories of miscarriage go back as far as the Hebrew Scriptures. Daniela Blei, The Cut, "The History of Talking About Miscarriage," 23 Apr. 2018 The petulant emperor ultimately caused Poppaea to fatally miscarry by kicking her in the belly, before being ousted from power and taking his own life. James Romm, The New York Review of Books, "The Winking Satire of ‘Agrippina’," 1 Mar. 2020 Tragically, Joy-Anna and Austin lost their daughter after Joy-Anna miscarried 20 weeks in. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Counting On: Duggar Family Celebrates 6 Pregnancies — and Mourns Death of Grandma Mary," 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

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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 16 May. 2021.

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


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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