\ 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 Nio - the premium Chinese EV manufacturer - has seen its stock soar a whopping 58% over the last month trading at about $45 per share, driven by strong delivery numbers for October and a conducive regulatory environment in China for EVs. Trefis Team, Forbes, "Do Strong March Deliveries, Recent Correction Make Nio, Li Auto & Xpeng Stocks A Buy?," 6 Apr. 2021 With the help of thousands of balloons and a young sidekick named Russell, Carl and his house soar across the world on an incredible journey that culminates at Paradise Falls (based on Angel Falls in Venezuela). Hillary Maglin, Travel + Leisure, "34 Movies That Will Make You Want to Get Off the Couch and See the World," 3 Apr. 2021 That’s allowed the number of mature pine trees to soar, a boost for birds needing old trees for nesting, such as the red-cockaded woodpecker. Washington Post, "The ‘brown gold’ that falls from pine trees in North Carolina," 31 Mar. 2021 Spending by various campaigns hosting events at the club can soar into six figures, according to records from past events in recent years. Will Steakin, ABC News, "Trump looks to boost former administration officials in 2022 midterms," 25 Mar. 2021 If that happens, prices could easily soar as consumer confidence returns. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | HENRY OLSEN: Nation's inflation risk is real -- and growing," 20 Mar. 2021 Top-spec Black Label models can soar past $69K with options. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "2021 Lincoln Nautilus Hides Big Changes Inside," 15 Mar. 2021 Case numbers soar and a high-profile patient – Alabama football coach Nick Saban – captures the headlines. Leada Gore |, al, "COVID 1 year anniversary Chapter 3: Trump, Saban test positive; hospitalizations soar," 15 Mar. 2021 Whereas today's airliners can soar as high as 45,000 feet, in the mid-1950s airlines flew at altitudes between 10,000 and 20,000 feet. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "The Real Story Behind the Myth of Area 51," 15 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Countries like Spain saw their ability to borrow collapse and the interest rates on their debt soar. Arkansas Online, "PAUL KRUGMAN: Trump Wars II: The Loser Strikes Back," 28 Nov. 2020 As Utah’s coronavirus case counts soar and hospitals warn that rationing care is all but inevitable, health experts say that state officials for weeks have rejected their recommendations for more severe restrictions to prevent further spread. Bethany Rodgers, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah health experts say state officials are ignoring their advice for stopping COVID-19 surge," 8 Nov. 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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12 Apr 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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