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escalate (ˈɛskəˌleɪt Pronunciation for escalate



  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'

"She let that notion hang in the silence, not pressing him for fear his panic would escalate.
If there is no sign of conciliation the problem could escalate.
Liverpool Daily Post and Echo (2003)
Kumar, you should only escalate your brand-building efforts.
Business Today (1998)
Militant factions have vowed to escalate attacks to avenge Israel's assassination of Hamas ' spiritual leader on Monday.
New Zealand Herald (2004)
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)
People he'd scorned and made to look like fools were now all silently hoping this farce would escalate.
Clive Barker COLDHEART CANYON (2001)
President Bush added a day later that the Prime Minister had to know that he "can't achieve peace by causing violence to escalate ".
Irish Times (2002)
Smoking or exposure to others "smoke, stress, infection, illness, and some medicines escalate requirements of this vitamin.
Martlew, Gillian & Silver, Shelley Stay Well This Winter


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