\ 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

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

But there simply aren't enough Olympic tickets to go around with demand soaring. Stephen Wade,, "Tokyo Olympics offer 'second-chance' lottery for Japan fans," 5 July 2019 There simply aren't enough Olympic tickets to go around with demand soaring in Japan and elsewhere as Authorized Ticket Resellers — the Olympic agents contracted to sell tickets outside Japan — have also opened sales worldwide. Fox News, "Got a Tokyo Olympics ticket? Unrivaled demand causes turmoil," 5 July 2019 In recent years, Dimon has also expressed concerns about many of the same issues Warren prioritizes, such as income inequality, stagnant wages and soaring healthcare costs., "Elizabeth Warren is winning grudging respect among some on Wall Street," 5 July 2019 Illustration: David Klein Liberals, meanwhile, invest their latest political proposals with soaring rhetoric meant to invoke previous historic achievements and recapture a lost sense of meaning. Bobby Jindal, WSJ, "Conservatives, Put Culture First," 1 July 2019 But once July arrives, there would still be time to cushion them from soaring pension costs, Sunderland said. Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal, "Dispute lingers over how many legislative votes needed to pass Kentucky pension bill," 24 June 2019 Mickey’s PhilharMagic is a pleasant, low-lights, toe-tapping, sit-down experience with soaring Disney music and freaky 3-D effects. Dewayne Bevil,, "Orlando’s theme parks and their 7 hottest cool spots," 24 June 2019 At 15, Phoenix resident Izabelle Awadallah is acutely aware of soaring insulin prices, but will not benefit from generic Humalog. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "Cheaper insulin 'nowhere to be found' in Arizona, pharmacies and advocates say," 24 June 2019 Peterson sold that business in 1996 -- four years before soaring electricity prices wiped out the Northwest’s aluminum industry. Mike Rogoway,, "Vancouver investor seeks to reopen West Linn paper mill," 21 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That’s when the tension — abetted by mousetraps, a chain saw and monster tales — soars as high as Aaron’s beloved alps: An idyllic family vacation morphs into a quest for survival when Tristan disappears. New York Times, "The Week in Arts: Sarah Jessica Parker Back for More ‘Divorce’; a Farewell to ‘My Fair Lady’," 29 June 2019 The bear-market plunge has been due largely to oversupply concerns as U.S. crude production soars toward 12 million barrels a day, while output from other major producers including Russia and Saudi Arabia also remain robust. Dan Molinski, WSJ, "Oil Rises by Most in Two Years as Wall Street Rebounds," 26 Dec. 2018 The rest of California saw its inmate homicide count soar by 150%, from 12 killings in the seven years before realignment to at least 30 in the seven years after. Jason Pohl, ProPublica, "There Has Been an Explosion of Homicides in California’s County Jails. Here’s Why.," 15 June 2019 The Martinez native and De La Salle-Concord alum saw his slugging percentage soar from .382 as a sophomore to .631 as a junior at UC Santa Barbara. Henry Schulman,, "How the Giants’ first draft under Farhan Zaidi, Michael Holmes played out," 10 June 2019 Though dark at the street level, 19 Dutch soars above nearby buildings providing light-filled views on three sides. Josh Barbanel, WSJ, "Developers of a Forgotten New York Alley Leverage History in Residential Influx," 13 June 2018 The company’s profit has risen sharply in the past couple of years, helping its stock price soar, although its market value has fallen again recently. Annie Gasparro, WSJ, "Amazon Targets Unprofitable Items, With a Sharper Focus on the Bottom Line," 16 Dec. 2018 The cost of a year of term insurance soars once people reach their late 70s. Leslie Scism, WSJ, "Universal Life Insurance, a 1980s Sensation, Has Backfired," 19 Sep. 2018 An iced tea company, a Hooters franchisee, and Kodak have all seen their stock soar after announcing blockchain initiatives. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Bitcoin plunges—now down 47 percent from December peak [Updated]," 16 Jan. 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 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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