\ 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 And with demand for teachers soaring nationwide, some districts are looking for any potential advantage to get and keep educators. Anchorage Daily News, "This is what teacher turnover looks like in Alaska," 3 Feb. 2020 The energy inside had noticeably diminished by the beginning of the second quarter, with the Chiefs up 7-3 — but then soared again as the 49ers tied the game. Evan Sernoffsky,, "Fans going wild over Super Bowl all over the Bay Area," 2 Feb. 2020 San Francisco, in Northern California, attracts visitors with its picturesque waterfront, soaring golden gate bridge, and thriving art scene. Julie Loffredi, USA TODAY, "Couples want to visit these US destinations on Valentine’s Day weekend," 31 Jan. 2020 In mid-January, residents in the southern province of Sweida launched protests against soaring inflation and government corruption, an activist and resident said. Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, "Reviving Syria’s Economy Is an Uphill Battle for Assad After Years of War," 31 Jan. 2020 Shares of Navistar, whose biggest holder is billionaire investor Carl Icahn, soared as much as 53% to $36.79 in late trading on Thursday. Christoph Rauwald, Fortune, "VW offers $2.9 billion to buy the rest of Navistar in U.S. truck market push," 31 Jan. 2020 The company's retail sales got off to a slow start but then soared in 2017 and 2018, capping off a stellar run in which the automaker reported eight successive years of sales growth. Hanna Ziady, CNN, "Jaguar Land Rover's CEO to retire. His successor will face many challenges," 30 Jan. 2020 One of the two spacecraft has already launched: NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, which soared skyward on August 12, 2018. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, "Home Star Stunner: Best Ever Images of Solar Surface Herald New Era," 29 Jan. 2020 While investigators have yet to determine the precise cause of the crash that killed Bryant, fog and clouds seem to have played a significant part, with the pilot initially flying at less than 500 feet above the ground before soaring upwards. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "Fatal helicopter crashes at low altitude have become more common," 27 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun When people get really jittery, demand for gold soars and prices spike. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "How should you respond financially when turmoil makes headlines — by selling or yawning?," 8 Jan. 2020 San Francisco and other major cities around the country have struggled to attract health care workers as the cost of living soars and wages stagnate. Trisha Thadani,, "Tenderloin medical van to serve SF homeless with eye to cutting 911 calls," 3 Dec. 2019 But as global demand for meat soars, and as China turns to Brazil for its supply of soybeans amid the trade war with the US, experts worry that Brazil's agricultural boom will come at the cost of habitats like the Cerrado. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "The Amazon burns. But another part of Brazil is being destroyed faster," 22 Sep. 2019 When hotels are wrecked by a storm, business dries up, unemployment soars and government coffers suffer. Kirk Semple, New York Times, "After a Caribbean Hurricane, the Battle Is Where, or Even Whether, to Rebuild," 7 Oct. 2019 His price will continue to rise as his popularity soars, so time to strike while the iron is hot., "Fantasy Premier League: Ones to Watch Ahead of Gameweek 3," 22 Aug. 2019 What should investors make of the super soar-away U.S. economy? James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Pick Your Portfolio’s Story: Late-Cycle Sugar Rush or New Boom?," 30 July 2018 Your love of the good life, fine acquisitions and financial well-being soars to the forefront., "Most read on," 8 Oct. 2019 When demand for antennas soars, Huawei and ZTE invariably will take a sweet cut, limiting profits for the smaller fish. Washington Post, "China’s 5G Riches Are a Blocked Number for Investors," 25 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of soar was in the 14th century

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6 Feb 2020

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“Soar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 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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