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[ mis-kar-ee; mis-kar-ee ]

verb (used without object)

, mis·car·ried, mis·car·ry·ing.
  1. to have a miscarriage of a fetus.
  2. to fail to attain the right or desired end; be unsuccessful:

    The plan miscarried.

  3. to go astray or be lost in transit, as a letter.


/ mɪsˈkærɪ /


  1. to expel a fetus prematurely from the womb; abort
  2. to fail

    all her plans miscarried

  3. (of freight, mail, etc) to fail to reach a destination

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Word History and Origins

Origin of miscarry1

First recorded in 1275–1325, miscarry is from the Middle English word miscarien. See mis- 1, carry

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Example Sentences

When women miscarry in the wake of events like terrorist attacks, the lost fetuses are more likely to be male.

She told me that if I decided to miscarry, there was nothing they could do about it.

He died on the spot and his mate, who was pregnant at the time, proceeded to miscarry due to depression.

If from any cause the new being is seriously malformed or diseased, it is a common thing for the dam to miscarry.

I know you have many difficulties to contend with, but I am anxious that nothing should miscarry under your orders.

I had laid my plans carefully the day before, and there seemed no possibility that they would miscarry.

Women who habitually fail to experience them, are exceedingly apt to miscarry.

A woman is particularly apt to miscarry with her first child, if she be either exceedingly nervous or full-blooded.


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