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

Definition of reescalate

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

Other Words from reescalate

reescalation \ (ˌ)rē-​ˌe-​skə-​ˈlā-​shən How to pronounce reescalate (audio) , nonstandard  -​skyə-​ \ or re-escalation noun, 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

First Known Use of reescalate

1965, in the meaning defined above

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“Reescalate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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