\ ˈsȯr \
soared; soaring; soars

Definition of soar 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to fly aloft or about

b(1) : to sail or hover in the air often at a great height : glide

(2) of a glider : to fly without engine power and without loss of altitude

2 : to rise or increase dramatically (as in position, value, or price) stocks soared

3 : to ascend to a higher or more exalted level makes my spirits soar

4 : to rise to majestic stature



Definition of soar (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the range, distance, or height attained in soaring

2 : the act of soaring : upward flight

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Other words from soar


soarer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for soar

Synonyms: Verb

arise, ascend, aspire, climb, lift, mount, rise, thrust, up, uprise, upthrust, upturn

Synonyms: Noun

ascension, ascent, climb, rise, rising

Antonyms: Verb

decline, descend, dip, drop, fall (off), plunge

Antonyms: Noun

descent, dip, dive, drop, fall, nosedive, plunge

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Examples of soar in a Sentence


The temperature soared to 100 degrees. Stock prices are beginning to soar. The oil shortage sent prices soaring. The nation's divorce rate has soared. The eagle soared above us. A hang glider soared in the air. The rocket soared into the sky. The ball soared out of the stadium. The mountain soars over 20,000 feet above sea level.


the soar of the space shuttle never fails to inspire
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Fears of soaring inflation after the financial crisis have repeatedly failed to turn into reality. Richard Barley, WSJ, "Investors Have Become Too Complacent About Inflation," 11 July 2018 Alone among the giants, Netflix is a clear exception to this mix of soaring share prices and suspicion. The Economist, "Can Netflix please investors and still avoid the techlash?," 28 June 2018 But now, as more prospective owners face up to the realities of soaring costs and stadium financing, other scenarios become more plausible. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Soccer stadium start signals new possibilities for Possibility City," 28 June 2018 Such strikes have increased in frequency amid soaring tensions between Israel and Iran, a major Assad ally. Alice Su, The Seattle Times, "Fighting in Syria’s south escalates, displaces 50,000 people," 26 June 2018 After returning to Buckingham Palace, the monarch concludes her birthday fanfare with a fly-past consisting of more than 25 military aircraft soaring brilliantly over the palace in small formations 30 seconds apart. Erin Hill,, "It's the Most Royal Day of the Year! All About Trooping the Colour — and Meghan Markle's Debut," 8 June 2018 Such a place is a spartan bench beneath a canopy of soaring, lean trees not far from the stone mansion that anchors this estate near Villanova University. Maria Panaritis,, "The Haas family gave Stoneleigh gardens to the public. Lower Merion Schools should keep their hands off of it. | Maria Panaritis," 2 June 2018 The others are the family room with soaring 16-foot ceilings and the four patios. Michelle Beaver, azcentral, "Falling in love with Arizona and having the house to prove it," 31 May 2018 Neighbors feared that the Booth Home would be one more icon lost to development in this time of rapid growth and soaring real estate prices. Maria L. La Ganga, idahostatesman, "A historic Boise home for pregnant teens finally has buyers. Here's what they plan," 29 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images.. Cynthia Nixon continues to deliver the type of in-your-face, progressive realness that helped her fellow New Yorker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez soar to an unlikely win on June 26., "Cynthia Nixon Takes On President Trump & The White House Over ICE," 9 July 2018 Once the two got together, the song (originally just sung by Michaels) became a duet, which Levine suggests helped the track soar. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "Adam Levine & Julia Michaels Reveal Their Collab 'Help Me Out' Happened Because of Diplo: Exclusive Video," 26 Mar. 2018 As the costs of human smuggling soar, the smuggling networks have greater resources to evade detection. Nicholas Kulish, New York Times, "Border Patrol’s Last Line of Defense? It Isn’t at the Border," 9 July 2018 Or maybe Fulmer starts mixing shutdown performances into his outings and his trade value soars. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers bet on Michael Fulmer can pay off in ace or prospects," 9 July 2018 As the costs of human smuggling soar, the smuggling networks have greater resources to evade detection. Nicholas Kulish, The Seattle Times, "Human smuggling cat-and-mouse game plays out beyond the U.S.-Mexico border," 9 July 2018 Even as rates of dementia fall, the sheer number of older people soars, and the number of dementia cases is likely to soar as well. Jonel Aleccia And Melissa Bailey, USA TODAY, "Unlocked and loaded: Families confront dementia and guns," 1 July 2018 Fengate will acquire the San Antonio and Austin solar soar of PowerFin Partners, which has offices in both cities, and enter a co-development partnership with PowerFin, using the $100 million to develop the company’s pipeline of solar projects. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "Canadian investment firm buys solar installations in San Antonio, Austin," 11 June 2018 Colindres hopes to continue to work with Rezazadeh as her career soars, but also has his eyes set on working with other musicians. Grace Wong, RedEye Chicago, "Chicago illustrator and EDM artist REZZ build hypnotic world together in new comic book ‘Mass Manipulation’," 13 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of soar


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for soar


Middle English soren, from Middle French essorer, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *exaurare, from Latin ex- + aura air — more at aura

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English Language Learners Definition of soar

: to increase very quickly in amount or price

: to fly or sail often at a great height by floating on air currents

: to rise quickly upward to a great height


\ ˈsȯr \
soared; soaring

Kids Definition of soar

1 : to fly or glide through the air often at a great height An eagle soared overhead.

2 : to increase quickly Prices were soaring.

3 : to rise quickly The ball soared out of the park. My spirits soared with the news.

4 : to rise to a great height Buildings soared above us.

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