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escalate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of escalate

  1. 1 to become greater in extent, volume, amount, or number as the war between the two countries escalated, it threatened to become a global conflict Synonyms of escalate accelerate, accumulate, appreciate, balloon, boom, build up, burgeon (also bourgeon), climb, enlarge, increase, expand, gain, mount, multiply, mushroom, proliferate, rise, roll up, snowball, spread, swell, waxWords Related to escalate jump, rocket, skyrocket, surge; heighten, intensify, redouble; blow up, bulk, distend, inflate, puff (up); crescendo, crest, peakAntonyms of escalate contract, decrease, diminish, dwindle, lessen, recede, wane

  2. 2 to make greater in size, amount, or number the president promised to escalate the government's program to combat the dreaded disease Synonyms of escalate accelerate, add (to), aggrandize, amplify, augment, boost, build up, compound, enlarge, increase, expand, extend, hype, multiply, pump up, raise, swell, stoke, supersize, upWords Related to escalate boom, jump, skyrocket, spike; bump (up), ratchet (up) also rachet (up); blow up, dilate, distend, inflate; draw out, elongate, flesh (out), lengthen, prolong, protract, stretch; develop, enhance, heighten, intensify, magnify; complement, supplement; beef (up), reinforce (also reenforce), strengthen; maximize; accumulate, amass, collect; follow up, parlayNear Antonyms of escalate abbreviate, abridge, curtail, shorten; compress, condense, constrict, contract; cut back, retrenchAntonyms of escalate abate, decrease, de-escalate, diminish, downsize, dwindle, lessen, lower, minify, reduce, subtract (from)



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