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[sawr, sohr] /sɔr, soʊr/
verb (used without object)
to fly upward, as a bird.
to fly at a great height, without visible movements of the pinions, as a bird.
to glide along at a height, as an airplane.
to rise or ascend to a height, as a mountain.
to rise or aspire to a higher or more exalted level:
His hopes soared.
an act or instance of soaring.
the height attained in soaring.
Origin of soar
1325-75; Middle English soren < Middle French essorer < Vulgar Latin *exaurāre, equivalent to Latin ex- ex-1 + aur(a) air + -āre infinitive suffix
Related forms
soarer, noun
soaringly, adverb
1. See fly1 . 4. tower; mount. Unabridged
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  • To prove his supernatural powers, he soared into the air.
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  • For example, even as the number of published books has soared, newspaper book-review sections have dwindled.
  • The artist's productivity soared in his new surroundings.
  • Throughout the continent, half a million bald eagles may have soared.
  • As the population soared, more and more forest was cut down to increase farm and grazing land.
  • The population has soared and urban development has encroached onto many areas that were once farmland.
  • Even as cell phone use has soared worldwide, not every cell chatterer encounters the same exposure.
  • Excellent growing weather and good harvests provided temporary relief, but prices have once again soared to record heights.
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British Dictionary definitions for soared


verb (intransitive)
to rise or fly upwards into the air
(of a bird, aircraft, etc) to glide while maintaining altitude by the use of ascending air currents
to rise or increase in volume, size, etc: soaring prices
the act of soaring
the altitude attained by soaring
Derived Forms
soarer, noun
soaring, noun, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French essorer, from Vulgar Latin exaurāre (unattested) to expose to the breezes, from Latin ex-1 + aura a breeze
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Word Origin and History for soared



late 14c., from Old French essorer "fly up, soar," from Vulgar Latin *exaurare "rise into the air," from Latin ex- "out" (see ex-) + aura "breeze, air" (see aura). Of mountains, buildings, etc., by 1812; of prices, emotions, etc. from 1929. Related: Soared; soaring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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