escalate

[ es-kuh-leyt ]
/ ˈɛs kəˌleɪt /
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verb (used with or without object), es·ca·lat·ed, es·ca·lat·ing.

to increase in intensity, magnitude, etc.: to escalate a war; a time when prices escalate.
to raise, lower, rise, or descend on or as if on an escalator.

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Origin of escalate

First recorded in 1920–25; back formation from escalator

pronunciation note for escalate

See percolate.

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British Dictionary definitions for escalate

escalate
/ (ˈɛskəˌleɪt) /

verb

to increase or be increased in extent, intensity, or magnitudeto escalate a war; prices escalated because of inflation

Derived forms of escalate

escalation, noun

Word Origin for escalate

C20: back formation from escalator
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