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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • To escape—only to escape from the prison walls of a humdrum existence, and to soar!

    A Modern Chronicle, Complete Winston Churchill
  • And sometimes he will grasp his prey, And with it rise and soar away.

    A Phenomenal Fauna Carolyn Wells
  • If you do so again, I can't tell to what pitch my fury may soar.

  • Rise, a lark, And sing and soar towards a new starry garden!

    Life Immovable Kostes Palamas
  • You've got to swallow it because Uncle Dorgeroux's fame must be made to soar above all these paltry trifles.

    The Three Eyes Maurice Leblanc
British Dictionary definitions for soar


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for soar

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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soar in Technology

1. State, Operator And Result. A general problem-solving production system architecture, intended as a model of human intelligence. Developed by A. Newell in the early 1980s. SOAR was originally implemented in Lisp and OPS5 and is currently implemented in Common Lisp. Version: Soar6.
E-mail: .
["The SOAR Papers", P.S. Rosenbloom et al eds, MIT Press 1993].
2. Smalltalk On A RISC. A RISC microprocessor designed by David Patterson's at Berekeley.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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