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escalate (ˈɛskəˌleɪt Pronunciation for escalate

Definitions

verb

  1. to increase or be increased in extent, intensity, or magnitude   ⇒ to escalate a war, prices escalated because of inflation

Derived Forms

ˌescaˈlation noun

Word Origin

C20: back formation from escalator

Translations for 'escalate'

  • British English: escalate If a bad situation escalates or if someone or something escalates it, it becomes greater in size, seriousness, or intensity. VERBBoth unions and management fear the dispute could escalate.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: intensificar-se
  • Chinese: 升高
  • European Spanish: intensificarse
  • French: s'intensifier
  • German: eskalieren
  • Italian: intensificarsi
  • Japanese: エスカレートさせる/エスカレートする
  • Korean: 증대하다
  • Portuguese: intensificar-se
  • Spanish: intensificarse

Example Sentences Including 'escalate'

People he'd scorned and made to look like fools were now all silently hoping this farce would escalate.
Clive Barker COLDHEART CANYON (2001)
Once in a while, there ' s somebody who refuses to be so easily intimidated, and the Canyon must escalate its assault.
Clive Barker COLDHEART CANYON (2001)
"She let that notion hang in the silence, not pressing him for fear his panic would escalate.
Clive Barker THE GREAT AND SECRET SHOW (2001)

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