Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To rise, fly, or glide high and with little apparent effort.
  • intransitive v. To climb swiftly or powerfully.
  • intransitive v. To glide in an aircraft while maintaining altitude.
  • intransitive v. To ascend suddenly above the normal or usual level: Our spirits soared. See Synonyms at rise.
  • n. The act of soaring.
  • n. The altitude or scope attained in soaring.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To fly aloft with little effort, as a bird.
  • v. To mount upward on wings, or as on wings.
  • v. To fly by means of a glider or other unpowered aircraft.
  • v. To rise, especially rapidly or unusually high.
  • v. To rise in thought, spirits, or imagination; to be exalted in mood.
  • n. The act of soaring.
  • n. An upward flight.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To fly aloft, as a bird; to mount upward on wings, or as on wings.
  • intransitive v. Fig.: To rise in thought, spirits, or imagination; to be exalted in mood.
  • intransitive v. To fly by wind power; to glide indefinitely without loss of altitude.
  • n. The act of soaring; upward flight.
  • adj. See 3d sore.
  • adj. See sore, reddish brown.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To mount on wings, or as on wings, through the air; fly aloft, as a bird or other winged creature; specifically, to rise and remain on the wing without visible movements of the pinions.
  • To mount or rise aloft; rise, or seem to rise, lightly in the air.
  • To float, as at the surface of a liquid.
  • To rise mentally, morally, or socially; aspire beyond the commonplace or ordinary level.
  • n. The act of soaring, or rising in the air.
  • n. The height attained in soaring; the range of one who or that which soars.
  • n. See sore.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. fly by means of a hang glider
  • v. go or move upward
  • v. rise rapidly
  • v. fly upwards or high in the sky
  • n. the act of rising upward into the air
  • v. fly a plane without an engine

Etymologies

Middle English soren, from Old French essorer, from Vulgar Latin *exaurāre : Latin ex-, ex- + Latin aura, air (from Greek, breeze; see aura).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French s'essorer ("to soar"), essorer ("to dry (by exposing to the air)"), from Latin ex ("out") + aura ("the air, a breeze"), from Ancient Greek αὔρα (aura, "breath"). Compare aura, and exhale. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It had then filled me with a sublime ecstasy that gave wings to the soul, and allowed it to soar from the obscure world to light and joy.

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  • The only way to make those approval ratings soar is to GIVE THE PEOPLE THE PUBLIC OPTION – at the very LEAST.

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  • But, the sale of twice as many higher-strike calls exposes the investor to losses should shares in the name soar 61.2% over the current price to surpass the upper breakeven point at $20.10 by expiration day in January 2012.

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  • And his stance on the exorbitant profits of oil companies while record high gas prices continue to soar is just plain sorry.

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  • The multiple flowers seem to literally soar from the plant.

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  • Thus the spiral of the arms race - nuclear, conventional, laser and other - will again soar steeply undermining strategic stability.

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  • Whoever is satisfied of this, let him soar from the ground and give a caw!

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  • But, the sale of twice as many higher-strike calls exposes the investor to losses should shares in the name soar 61.2% over the current price to surpass the upper breakeven point at $20.10 by expiration day in January

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  • The titles soar past and after all of that, we're ready for just about anything.

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  • Stocks of those companies initially rocketed but recently fell, recalling the soar-and-crash volatility of the dot-com era.

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  • Here soar
    Not with wings,
    But with your moving hands and feet
    And sweating brows -
    Standing by your Beloved's side
    Reaching out to comfort this world
    With your cup of solace
    Drawn from your vast reservoir of Truth.
    Here soar
    Not with your eyes and senses
    That turn their backs
    On the earth's sweet stumbling dance
    Which needs you.

    - 'The Subject Tonight is Love': versions of Hafiz by Daniel Ladinsky.

    December 16, 2007