\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, uprear, 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

The weakening currency has made imports more expensive, which contributes to soaring inflation. Asa Fitch And Josh Ulick, WSJ, "Iran Sanctions: A Look at How We Got Here," 4 Nov. 2018 Now, New York Pilates has given it a cathedral-like feel, with whitewashed brick walls, birch flooring, and a trio of soaring arched windows that let in natural light. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "These 5 Pilates Studios Have Fierce—and Incredibly Fit—Followings for a Reason," 21 Sep. 2018 The offer might have felt like a farce to the droves who can barely afford food amid soaring hyperinflation expected to reach 1 million percent this year, but Martinez was intrigued, willing to put his trust in the president's offer. Fox News, "Venezuelan migrants accept government offer for flight home," 27 Aug. 2018 Even the idyllic climate of San Diego could not escape the trend of soaring temperatures in the southern part of the state. Michael Mcgough And Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Planning a weekend road trip? Heat and fires throughout California might make it tough," 6 July 2018 Such strikes have increased in frequency amid soaring tensions between Israel and Iran. Bassem Mroue And Alice Su,, "Fighting in Syria’s south escalates, displacing up to 50,000 people; Jordan keeps border sealed," 26 June 2018 The residence features four bedrooms and three baths across two spacious floors characterized by soaring, open-plan spaces with high ceilings, wood paneling, walls of glass, built-in storage, and many other delightful details. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Groovy midcentury home with original retro details wants $600K," 25 May 2018 The latter was especially touching when followed by architect I.M. Pei’s soaring atrium space with views out to the water, the Boston skyline and the slain president’s beloved boat. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New England museums to visit this summer and fall," 4 July 2018 The pause in shutoffs comes a year after the city's water department issued a moratorium on water shutoffs when temperatures soared above 90 degrees last June. Katrease Stafford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit halts water shutoffs in temporary moratorium," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Using a mask or leave-in conditioner like Klorane’s olive-extract Leave-In treatment will act as a precautionary measure when the air’s moisture content soars. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Definitive Guide to Frizz-Free Hair," 23 Aug. 2018 In addition to Fountain, whose galvanizing singing soars and roars with fire-and-brimstone intensity, the Blind Boys boast equally gifted vocal dynamos in Jimmy Carter, George Scott and Johnny Fields. George Varga,, "Blind Boys' vocal legend Clarence Fountain, dead at 88, remembered in his own inimitable words," 6 June 2018 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

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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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