Definition of soar in English:

soar

Syllabification: soar
Pronunciation: /sôr
 
/

verb

[no object]
1Fly or rise high in the air: the bird spread its wings and soared into the air figurative when she heard his voice, her spirits soared
More example sentences
  • The Greek fans oohed as it soared through the air, then roared when it was caught.
  • In the distance, beyond a shallow bend, a football soared into the air.
  • She hoped that his heart soared into the starry sky beside hers.
Synonyms
fly, wing, ascend, climb, rise;
take off, take flight
1.1Maintain height in the air without flapping wings or using engine power: the gulls soared on the summery winds
More example sentences
  • Their broad wings allow them to soar, gull-like, flapping with strong, slow wing-beats.
  • The buzzard, soaring at a great height, suddenly finds itself caught up in a current of air against which it is impossible to battle.
  • Sometimes they soar at a considerable height, but when fishing they fly fairly low or even very close to the surface.
Synonyms
glide, plane, float, drift, wheel, hover
1.2Increase rapidly above the usual level: the cost of living continued to soar (as adjective soaring) the soaring crime rate
More example sentences
  • Opium production has soared to record levels, and farmers continue to be reluctant to plant crops that pay buttons by comparison.
  • I scrabbled around in my bag, my panic levels soaring.
  • Prices have nearly doubled in the past year, soaring to their highest levels since 1988.
Synonyms
informal go through the roof, skyrocket

Origin

late Middle English: shortening of Old French essorer, based on Latin ex- 'out of' + aura 'breeze'.

Derivatives

soarer

noun
More example sentences
  • Frigatebirds are noted soarers, spending much of the day riding the winds and roosting at night on trees or cliffs.
  • With large, broad wings, they are excellent aerial soarers and gliders.
  • But one suspects that the really big pterosaurs were dynamic soarers and spent an awful lot of time on the wing.

soaringly

adverb
More example sentences
  • When ‘The Divine Husband’ isn't an exercise in clever variations on trivial themes, it is engaging and soaringly lyrical.
  • There are bigger household names from this era than hers, but none with a sound this soaringly satisfying.
  • The song is certainly not without merit, in particular its soaringly memorable chorus and some nice guitar figures towards the end.

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