escalate

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es·ca·late

verb \ˈes-kə-ˌlāt, ÷-kyə-\

: to become worse or to make (something) worse or more severe

: to become greater or higher or to make (something) greater or higher

es·ca·lat·edes·ca·lat·ing

Full Definition of ESCALATE

intransitive verb
:  to increase in extent, volume, number, amount, intensity, or scope <a little war threatens to escalate into a huge ugly one — Arnold Abrams>
transitive verb
:  expand 2
es·ca·la·tion \ˌes-kə-ˈlā-shən, ÷-kyə-\ noun
es·ca·la·to·ry \ˈes-kə-lə-ˌtr-ē, ÷-kyə-\ adjective

Examples of ESCALATE

  1. The conflict has escalated into an all-out war.
  2. a time of escalating tensions
  3. We are trying not to escalate the violence.
  4. Salaries of leading executives have continued to escalate.
  5. The cold weather has escalated fuel prices.

Origin of ESCALATE

back-formation from escalator
First Known Use: 1944

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