verb (used with or without object), es·ca·lat·ed, es·ca·lat·ing.
- escadrille américaine,
- escalator clause,
Origin of escalate
Examples from the Web for escalation
The concern is that a public accusation would result in an escalation.
A Clinton-like intervention to halt an escalation will be a tough act to follow.
In short, it had all the makings of a nuclear attack drill, part of an escalation in long-range Russian operations worldwide.
A U.S. escalation of bombing in Iraq and Syria would send it soaring.
The speed with which the escalation takes place is breathtaking.
It's like an escalation in the arms race, and understandably, no one wants to disarm alone.
Many books were written about the escalation of hostility through the language of political and ideological discourse.The Civilization of Illiteracy|Mihai Nadin
Word Origin for escalate
derived noun from escalate; in the figurative sense it is from 1938, in reference to the battleship arms race among global military powers.
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.
An increase in the intensity or geographical scope of a war or diplomatic confrontation. For example, during the Korean War, some Americans urged escalation of the war through bombing of the People's Republic of China.