Escalate



[es-kuh-leyt] /ˈɛs kəˌleɪt/

verb (used with or without object), escalated, escalating.
1.
to increase in intensity, magnitude, etc.:
to escalate a war; a time when prices escalate.
2.
to raise, lower, rise, or descend on or as if on an .
/ˈɛskəˌleɪt/
verb
1.
to increase or be increased in extent, intensity, or magnitude: to escalate a war, prices escalated because of inflation
v.

1922, back-formation from escalator, replacing earlier verb escalade (1801), from the noun escalade. Escalate came into general use with a figurative sense of “raise” after 1959 in reference to the possibility of nuclear war. Related: Escalated; escalating.

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