soar

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
  1. verb
    rise rapidly
    “the dollar soared against the yen”
    synonyms: soar up, soar upwards, surge, zoom
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    types:
    billow, wallow
    rise up as if in waves
    cloud
    billow up in the form of a cloud
    type of:
    arise, come up, go up, lift, move up, rise, uprise
    move upward
  2. verb
    go or move upward
    “The stock market soared after the cease-fire was announced”
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    type of:
    climb, go up, rise
    increase in value or to a higher point
  3. verb
    fly upwards or high in the sky
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    type of:
    fly, wing
    travel through the air; be airborne
  4. verb
    fly by means of a hang glider
    synonyms: hang glide
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    type of:
    aviate, fly, pilot
    operate an airplane
  5. verb
    fly a plane without an engine
    synonyms: sailplane
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    type of:
    glide
    fly in or as if in a glider plane
  6. noun
    the act of rising upward into the air
    synonyms: zoom
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    type of:
    ascending, ascension, ascent, rise
    the act of changing location in an upward direction
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