\ 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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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 As food prices soared, tens of thousands of people died from famine and disease. The Economist, "Creative disruption The pandemic is liberating firms to experiment with radical new ideas," 25 Apr. 2020 That might shift as temperatures soar, but the company has no concerns. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "As temperatures hit century mark, will rising residential energy demand strain Arizona's power grid?," 25 Apr. 2020 The industry expects those numbers to jump in the coming months, especially if unemployment continues to soar as many economists expect. Alan Rappeport, New York Times, "Excluded From Bailouts, Mortgage Servicers Face Cash Crunch," 20 Apr. 2020 The costs could continue to soar if campuses stay shuttered with remote learning through the fall — as Khosla said was a possibility. Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, "UC reels under staggering coronavirus costs; ‘the worst impacts ... all at once’," 16 Apr. 2020 DeSantis has been criticized as being very slow to implement social distancing measures and roll out widespread testing as infection rates soared in his state. James Hibberd,, "WWE an 'essential business' according to Florida governor, will resume live shows," 14 Apr. 2020 In June 2019, after cases soared to more than 3,500 a week at the start of the year, the DRC government declared an epidemic, opening the door to further international aid. Leslie Roberts, Scientific American, "Why Measles Deaths Are Surging—and Coronavirus Could Make it Worse," 8 Apr. 2020 One day after Surgeon General Jerome Adams named Indianapolis an emerging hot spot for the disease, counts continued to soar in Marion County, with 135 new cases bringing the total to 804. Indystar, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana coronavirus updates: State's case count increases to 1,786, with 3 more deaths," 30 Mar. 2020 Wilson, since the March 16 order, has issued more widespread restrictions as COVID-19 cases continue to soar in Jefferson County. al, "Two Alabama counties have the authority to shut down. The rest don’t.," 27 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As demand for protection soars, faulty products could enter the supply chain from China. New York Times, "Stock Markets in Asia Signal Lingering Unease: Live Updates," 30 Mar. 2020 Chief among those hiring are online retailers, supermarkets and online grocers, restaurant delivery firms, and health and health care companies, which are racing to boost staff as demand for their services soars. Alison Griswold, Quartz, "The companies that are hiring even as the global economy grinds to a halt," 27 Mar. 2020 Typically bond prices fall and yields rise when the Dow Jones industrial average soars. Washington Post, "Mortgage rates sink to lowest level in three months," 23 Jan. 2020 Steve, by contrast, continued to see his career soar, landing roles and voiceover parts in TV shows and movies like Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, The Morning Show, and the Despicable Me franchise. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Heartbreaking Reason Steve Carell (A.K.A. Michael Scott) Left 'The Office'," 4 Apr. 2020 Even Amazon, which has seen customer demand soar, is facing controversy after firing an employee who led a walkout at the company's Staten Island warehouse. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for March 31: Coronavirus, health, economy, trans rights, Hungary," 31 Mar. 2020 Retailers and companies in the food and medical supply chain, which are seeing demand soar, are recruiting workers directly from employers like hotels and restaurants, which have largely been shut down by the pandemic and laid off staffs en masse. David Gelles, New York Times, "Help Wanted: Grocery Stores, Pizza Chains and Amazon Are Hiring," 22 Mar. 2020 Grocery stores have seen their business soar as authorities urge people do go out only for essentials, leading them to stay and cook more at home. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee-area grocery stores install plastic shields at checkouts to protect workers, customers," 27 Mar. 2020 The male eagle soars about 30 feet off the ground, and everything stops for a moment except the soft whir of camera lenses as the raptor passes overhead on his way to the river to fish. Debra Utacia Krol, azcentral, "These bald eagle nestwatchers help an imperiled species soar again over Arizona," 27 Feb. 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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30 Apr 2020

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“Soar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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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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