\ ˈsȯr How to pronounce soar (audio) \
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

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of soar in a Sentence

Verb 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. Noun the soar of the space shuttle never fails to inspire
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But even with the best precautions there are risks associated, as coronavirus cases continue to soar in some parts of the world and with young children not yet eligible for vaccination. Natasha Khan, WSJ, "Covid-19 Case Cluster Linked to One Flight Stirs Debate Among Health Experts," 24 Apr. 2021 Other hospitals around the state are facing the possibility of having to make similar decisions in the days head as coronavirus case numbers and hospitalizations continue to soar in Michigan. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "University of Michigan postpones surgical procedures because of COVID-19 surge," 8 Apr. 2021 Property values continue to soar in Sublette County, and even this winter, locals say out-of-state plates were more common than Wyoming plates in trailhead parking lots. New York Times, "Pandemic Wilderness Explorers Are Straining Search and Rescue," 7 Apr. 2021 This means home prices will continue to soar unless more residential units can be created. Dallas News, "The proposed First Down Payment Homebuyer Tax Credit," 14 Feb. 2021 British hospitals, meanwhile, are scrambling to make space for COVID-19 patients as cases continue to soar despite tough new restrictions meant to impede the new variant. Amina Khan Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus Today: Our century-old mask wars," 29 Dec. 2020 Virus cases continue to soar in the U.S. -- more than 18 million people have been infected and more than 322,000 have died -- and job growth has slowed, which increased the sense of urgency on Capitol Hill. Jordan Fabian, Fortune, "Trump imperils bipartisan stimulus deal with last minute demand for bigger checks," 23 Dec. 2020 The region is one of five regions the state established last month to monitor the ICU availability, as COVID-19 case counts continue to soar. Nanette Asimov,, "The Bay Area nears critical shortage of ICU beds, with Santa Clara County at 8% of capacity," 10 Dec. 2020 Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva will not instruct his deputies to enforce a new statewide stay-at-home order announced Thursday that could force businesses to temporarily shut down as coronavirus cases continue to soar. Fox News, "LA County sheriff: Deputies won't enforce Newsom's stay-at-home order," 4 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To see the pilot soar to the top 16, text 8 to 21523. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "'American Idol' singer debuts eye patch after surgery, Katharine McPhee returns for emotional duet," 5 Apr. 2021 Chatter around the speculative soar in real estate values around the Green Line Extension began well before the first shovel hit the ground., "The Silver Line lining drop// Could Everett be the next boomtown?," 4 Apr. 2021 The fact that most people aren't invested in stocks beyond what's in their retirement funds and the fact that many people increasingly feel like pawns taken advantage of by Wall Street contribute to the air of glee around GameStop's soar. Whizy Kim,, "Why Everyone Is Talking About GameStop Stocks — Or Is It Stonks?," 28 Jan. 2021 Not the soar of Amanda Gorman’s poem, or the thunderous power of Lady Gaga using a golden microphone to belt the national anthem. Washington Post, "American democracy finally passes the Bechdel test," 20 Jan. 2021 TikTok is what made this 17-year-old singer's April release soar, a definite sign of the times. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The 63 Best Songs of 2020 That Made Our Lives a Little Easier," 17 Dec. 2020 Companies that focus specifically on customer communication—like Twilio—have lately seen demand for both their services and stock soar. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Why Facebook just made one of its biggest acquisitions yet," 1 Dec. 2020 Quarterback play followed the same soar-sag script, with Jake Bentley comfortable as a QB could be, throwing and running for touchdowns in that first half and, then, In the second, seizing up, unable to move the attack. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gordon Monson: Utah football is on a wobbly descent, suffering before it can ascend to something better in the days ahead," 29 Nov. 2020 In recent weeks, Louisiana has seen the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 soar, with little sign of abating. Sam Karlin,, "As coronavirus cases surge, here's why the New Orleans Convention Center remains in 'warm status'," 1 Dec. 2020

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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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7 May 2021

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“Soar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce soar (audio) \
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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