To soar means more than just to fly; it means to rise swiftly, to feel the wind slipping below you as you ride it higher, higher, higher. Flying is just moving through the air. Soaring, though, suggests exhilaration, even joy.

Think about the anticipation you feel when you buy a lottery ticket — your hopes soar as you contemplate the possibilities. It's the same wonderful feeling you get when someone you have a crush on notices you, when you land that perfect job, when you hold your child. The word soar comes from the Latin, ex-, which means "out," and aura, meaning "breeze, air," together meaning "out of the air," which is precisely how it feels to soar.

Definitions of soar

v rise rapidly

“the dollar soared against the yen”
soar up, soar upwards, surge, zoom
billow, wallow
rise up as if in waves
billow up in the form of a cloud
Type of:
arise, come up, go up, lift, move up, rise, uprise
move upward

v go or move upward

“The stock market soared after the cease-fire was announced”
Type of:
climb, go up, rise
increase in value or to a higher point

v fly upwards or high in the sky

Type of:
fly, wing
travel through the air; be airborne

v fly by means of a hang glider

hang glide
Type of:
aviate, fly, pilot
operate an airplane

v fly a plane without an engine

Type of:
fly in or as if in a glider plane

n the act of rising upward into the air

Type of:
ascending, ascension, ascent, rise
the act of changing location in an upward direction

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