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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: essorer, from Vulgar Latin exaurare, from Latin aura 'air'

soar

verb
     
soar [intransitive]
1

amounts/prices etc

to increase quickly to a high level [≠ plummet]:
Her temperature soared.
The price of petrol has soared in recent weeks.
soaring unemployment
2

in the sky

a) to fly, especially very high up in the sky, floating on air currents:
She watched the dove soar above the chestnut trees.
b) to go quickly upwards to a great height:
The ball soared to left field.
3

spirits/hopes

if your spirits (=the way you are feeling, for example happy, sad etc) or hopes soar, you begin to feel very happy or hopeful:
Adam's smile sent her spirits soaring.
4

look tall

[not in progressive] if buildings, trees, towers etc soar, they look very tall and impressive:
Here the cliffs soar a hundred feet above the sea.
a soaring skyscraper

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