re·​es·​ca·​late (ˌ)rē-ˈe-skə-ˌlāt How to pronounce reescalate (audio)
 nonstandard  -skyə-
variants or re-escalate
reescalated or re-escalated; reescalating or re-escalating

transitive + intransitive

: to escalate or become escalated again : to increase again in extent, volume, number, amount, intensity, or scope
You have seen actions and retaliations take place that threaten to reescalate the situation.Richard Boucher
… with the failure of the Camp David summit in 2000 and the eruption of the second intifada, the conflict reescalated.Soli Vered and Daniel Bar-Tal
… meanwhile, inflation … declined to 6.5 percent in 1992, then reescalated to an estimated 32.0 percent in 1994 …Political Handbook of the World 1998
(ˌ)rē-ˌe-skə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce reescalate (audio)
 nonstandard  -skyə-
or re-escalation
plural reescalations or re-escalations
a reescalation of prices/spending
A reescalation of tensions between North Korea and the United States is weighing on international markets. MTI Econews

Word History

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reescalate was in 1965

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Cite this Entry

“Reescalate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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