\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 cover of the New York Post showed a caricatured Jeff Bezos, bags of money in hand, soaring over the city in a helicopter, a reference to a helipad clause in the deal. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "Politicians and protestors are looking for ways to stop Amazon’s New York HQ2," 14 Nov. 2018 And with temperatures soaring in London this August (right now it’s 90 degrees in the capital), who could blame them? Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Have Escaped to the English Countryside," 3 Aug. 2018 More Money: Krispy Krunchy Chicken: Fried franchise wins taste buds one fill-up at a time More Money: Canada Goose soars on parka sales and China expansion, topping Wall Street forecasts A win for tourism? Ben Tobin, USA TODAY, "Does it pay to host the World Cup?," 19 June 2018 The news sent Ocado’s stock soaring by more than 50%. The Economist, "Ocado, the tech startup you thought was a supermarket," 24 May 2018 Last year, soaring construction cost projections forced the downsizing of the new center from 36,000 square feet. Steve Dreyer, Pomerado News, "Architect picked for new community center," 16 May 2018 Nvidia captured the market for chips powering the AI revolution, sending its market capitalization and revenue soaring, though it’s been hit by a recent stock selloff. Wenxin Fan, WSJ, "A Silicon Valley Tech Leader Walks a High Wire Between the U.S. and China," 19 Nov. 2018 But what really stands out among the sparse production is Lauren's soaring voice — the girl can sing. Dan Barna, Teen Vogue, "Lauren Jauregui Debuts Video for "Expectations," Her First Solo Single," 24 Oct. 2018 In their place are bright and airy pieces of modern furniture accented by warm wood and soaring windows, plus a one-starred Michelin restaurant, Refectorio. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Hotels in Europe: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Some regions saw a decline in oil rigs as pipeline shortages create logistical problems, but the Williston region of North Dakota saw its oil rig-count soar by four to 56. Dan Molinski, WSJ, "Crude Falls on Dollar’s Rise, Rig Count," 29 Oct. 2018 But the investment would be so big that the price of uranium would have soar to make the numbers work. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Quotas Aren’t the Way to Solve America’s Real Uranium Problem," 14 Sep. 2018 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

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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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