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[mis-kar-ee; for 1 also mis-kar-ee] /mɪsˈkær i; for 1 also ˈmɪsˌkær i/
verb (used without object), miscarried, miscarrying.
to have a miscarriage of a fetus.
to fail to attain the right or desired end; be unsuccessful:
The plan miscarried.
to go astray or be lost in transit, as a letter.
Origin of miscarry
First recorded in 1275-1325, miscarry is from the Middle English word miscarien. See mis-1, carry Unabridged
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  • I am for that of Paris; it cannot miscarry; I have considered it well.

    The Memoirs of Cardinal de Retz, Complete Jean Francois Paul de Gondi, Cardinal de Retz
  • Without these the Revolution will miscarry and our Dastur will not be worth a date-stone.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • The Cardinal's plans were, indeed, likely to miscarry if he persisted thus.

    The Suitors of Yvonne Raphael Sabatini
  • “No, they not miscarry yet,” replied the Arab, with a grim smile.

    Black Ivory R.M. Ballantyne
  • It grieves me mightily; for it will be a sad houre to the family should she miscarry.

  • And indeed, how should they miscarry, when they never come before their time?

    The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift
  • If we miscarry on Wednesday, I believe it will be by some strange sort of neglect.

    The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift
  • If He have the guiding of my flock and state, it shall not miscarry.

    Letters of Samuel Rutherford Samuel Rutherford
British Dictionary definitions for miscarry


verb (intransitive) -ries, -rying, -ried
to expel a fetus prematurely from the womb; abort
to fail: all her plans miscarried
(Brit) (of freight, mail, etc) to fail to reach a destination
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Word Origin and History for miscarry

c.1300, "go astray;" mid-14c., "come to harm, perish;" of persons, "to die," of objects, "to be lost or destroyed," from mis- (1) "wrongly" + caryen "to carry" (see carry (v.)). Meaning "deliver unviable fetus" first recorded 1520s; that of "fail, come to naught" (of plans or designs) is from c.1600. Related: Miscarried; miscarrying.

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miscarry in Medicine

miscarry mis·car·ry (mĭs'kār'ē, mĭs-kār'ē)
v. mis·car·ried, mis·car·ry·ing, mis·car·ries
To have a miscarriage; abort.

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