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escalation (ˌeskəˈleɪʃən) 



  1. an increase in extent, intensity, or magnitude   ⇒ The threat of nuclear escalation remains.   ⇒ We expect an escalation of terrorist violence.   ⇒ The escalation of the conflict has been costly.   ⇒ the rapid escalation of the price of crude oil

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

Example Sentences Including 'escalation'

"Come on," Will said, setting down his omelet in case there was an escalation in hostilities.
Clive Barker SACRAMENT (2001)
Arab analysts say if the escalation continues in the West Bank, Lebanon's Hizbollah could be pushed to join the Palestinian uprising.
Irish Times (2002)
In terms of the ladder of escalation , the idea was to have sufficient capability to deter the Soviets at any level of conflict.
Mcinnes, Colin & Sheffield G.D (eds.) Warfare in the Twentieth Century
Right now there are symptoms galore, both in the widening US and UK deficits, and the recent escalation of trade tensions.
Independent (1999)
The issuing of two injunctions in a three-day period marks a significant escalation in litigation on royal matters.
Belfast Telegraph (2003)
The start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan last year was accompanied by a sharp escalation in insurgent attacks.
canada.com (2004)
There seemed no sign of escalation or variation caused by a lack of satisfaction with previous efforts.
We are compelled to absorb hikes in input prices since there is no provision for an escalation clause in the agreement.
Business Today (1998)
`Given the escalation of events, Miss Lewis, there would indeed seem to be very little point.
Parkes, Roger Riot


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