- 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.
Origin of escalate
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Examples from the Web for escalation
The concern is that a public accusation would result in an escalation.U.S. Should Make North Korea Pay for Sony Hack
Gordon G. Chang
December 18, 2014
A Clinton-like intervention to halt an escalation will be a tough act to follow.ICYMI: India-Pakistan Head for Nuke War
October 20, 2014
In short, it had all the makings of a nuclear attack drill, part of an escalation in long-range Russian operations worldwide.US & Russia Re-Arming for a New Cold War
September 30, 2014
A U.S. escalation of bombing in Iraq and Syria would send it soaring.Stop the ISIS War Before It Gets Worse!
Jeffrey Sachs, Michael Shank
September 17, 2014
The speed with which the escalation takes place is breathtaking.Is America a Police State? For Many, Yes
September 1, 2014
Many books were written about the escalation of hostility through the language of political and ideological discourse.The Civilization of Illiteracy
It's like an escalation in the arms race, and understandably, no one wants to disarm alone.
- to increase or be increased in extent, intensity, or magnitudeto escalate a war; prices escalated because of inflation
Word Origin and History for escalation
derived noun from escalate; in the figurative sense it is from 1938, in reference to the battleship arms race among global military powers.