Definition of soar in English:



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  • 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’
    • ‘A shopkeeper in Anmin said the smoke soared to the height of a factory smokestack but receded after about 10 minutes.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, persistence paid off, and man was finally able to soar aloft with improved gliding equipment.’
    • ‘Even though the lance was small, his own power allowed him to soar upwards quickly, the ground rapidly growing farther and farther away.’
    • ‘Each male sweeps round in a wide circle before suddenly soaring upwards.’
    • ‘Sucking in a deep breath, I flapped my wings and soared into the sky.’
    • ‘Then it suddenly soared above the branch to hover triumphantly high.’
    • ‘Then we soared 170 metres above Lucern on a tethered, hot-air, balloon.’
    • ‘He hovered in midair for a moment, then soared upward, flying through the air.’
    • ‘For soaring high above the earth, a man is finally set free, breaking all bonds.’
    • ‘As I put it, the violin emerges from the orchestral fabric and soars into the stratosphere.’
    • ‘By the time I ran outside he had spread his wings and soared into the sky gripping the pigeon with his talons.’
    • ‘I also believe that the Phoenix will rise from the flames and soar to new heights.’
    • ‘We run across the rooftop hand in hand and then soar into the air.’
    • ‘The Greek fans oohed as it soared through the air, then roared when it was caught.’
    • ‘Above, the ridge soars up in a dramatic, turreted crest.’
    • ‘I watched a plane with blinking red and blue lights soar out into the dark sky.’
    • ‘The 25-year-old was untouchable as she soared to her winning height of 2.06m at the first attempt.’
    • ‘She hoped that his heart soared into the starry sky beside hers.’
    • ‘As we talk, a high-bouncing trampolinist periodically soars to window-level view from the piazza below.’
    • ‘In the distance, beyond a shallow bend, a football soared into the air.’
    fly up, wing, wing its way
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    1. 1.1 Maintain height in the air without flapping wings or using engine power.
      ‘the gulls soared on the summery winds’
      • ‘Look hard and you may see an eagle soaring on the thermals above you, or find a black-banded porcupine quill lying on the path at your feet.’
      • ‘Flapping flight requires much more metabolic power than soaring, swimming or running.’
      • ‘All of them were looking up into the sky at two birds, soaring on thermals.’
      • ‘And in that instant a rare golden eagle soared across the sky, an arrow rammed through its mighty wing.’
      • ‘Sometimes they soar at a considerable height, but when fishing they fly fairly low or even very close to the surface.’
      • ‘There is a sequence in the film in which he imagines himself restored to the use of his limbs and then some, as he seems to soar like a gull over the beautiful Spanish coastline near his home.’
      • ‘The buzzard, soaring at a great height, suddenly finds itself caught up in a current of air against which it is impossible to battle.’
      • ‘Unveiled girls in bright pink tunics gathered water from a turquoise river and balanced bundles on their heads while eagles soared above.’
      • ‘The top rank had two stately cranes soaring above clouds.’
      • ‘It is a sight to see these birds soaring above the city buildings.’
      • ‘I watched a flock of birds soar majestically overhead and started to rise in temper.’
      • ‘High over the hills towards Thirlmere I watched a golden eagle soaring in the air.’
      • ‘Their broad wings allow them to soar, gull-like, flapping with strong, slow wing-beats.’
      • ‘There's the rustle of lizards in dry leaves, or an eagle soaring far overhead.’
      glide, plane, float, drift, wheel, hang, hover
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    2. 1.2 Increase rapidly above the usual level.
      ‘the cost of living continued to soar’
      ‘the soaring crime rate’
      • ‘Prices have nearly doubled in the past year, soaring to their highest levels since 1988.’
      • ‘As temperatures across the country soared towards record levels, the industry was predicting one of the best seasons for years.’
      • ‘For 10 straight days, they've soared to 109 degrees or higher.’
      • ‘But by lunchtime the temperature had soared to 102 degrees and I almost fainted among the ruins.’
      • ‘Despite the challenges, success rates have soared in recent years.’
      • ‘One estate agent says some areas have seen prices soar by 25 per cent in three months.’
      • ‘The number of people infected with the HIV virus has also soared in recent years.’
      • ‘His popularity soared so high, he became the greatest ambassador the game has ever known.’
      • ‘Our twin deficits are soaring to new records.’
      • ‘But doctors have ordered him to rest and told him to contact them straight away if his temperature soars again.’
      • ‘Oil prices are soaring once again, so that's an issue.’
      • ‘Delhi's summer is getting prolonged and temperatures are soaring to new levels for extended periods.’
      • ‘I scrabbled around in my bag, my panic levels soaring.’
      • ‘Store rents are also rising as sales soar in ritzy shopping districts.’
      • ‘As unemployment soared nearly half the population were driven below the official poverty line.’
      • ‘After all, hardware gets faster, storage gets bigger, and profits soar higher.’
      • ‘If growth stocks soar once again, these funds should, too.’
      • ‘Costs will soar, power and communication lines could be down for months and accommodation will be hard to find.’
      • ‘Opium production has soared to record levels, and farmers continue to be reluctant to plant crops that pay buttons by comparison.’
      • ‘Because ground temperatures soar up to 128 degrees Fahrenheit, the birds can die on their nests.’
      increase rapidly, shoot up, rise rapidly, escalate, spiral upwards
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Late Middle English: shortening of Old French essorer, based on Latin ex- ‘out of’ + aura ‘breeze’.