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soar

[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.
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noun
  1. an act or instance of soaring.
  2. the height attained in soaring.
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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.
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soar

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
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noun
  1. the act of soaring
  2. the altitude attained by soaring
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Derived Formssoarer, nounsoaring, 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 soar

v.

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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