[sawr, sohr]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to fly upward, as a bird.
  2. to fly at a great height, without visible movements of the pinions, as a bird.
  3. to glide along at a height, as an airplane.
  4. to rise or ascend to a height, as a mountain.
  5. to rise or aspire to a higher or more exalted level: His hopes soared.
  1. an act or instance of soaring.
  2. 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 formssoar·er, nounsoar·ing·ly, adverb

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1. See fly1. 4. tower; mount. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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verb (intr)
  1. to rise or fly upwards into the air
  2. (of a bird, aircraft, etc) to glide while maintaining altitude by the use of ascending air currents
  3. to rise or increase in volume, size, etcsoaring prices
  1. the act of soaring
  2. the altitude attained by soaring
Derived Formssoarer, nounsoaring, noun, adjective

Word Origin for soar

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 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.

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