verb (used with or without object), es·ca·lat·ed, es·ca·lat·ing.
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Microsoft wants governments to escalate their response to the attacks even when the hacker groups are not officially part of another government.Hackers are trying to disrupt and steal COVID-19 vaccine research|Aaron Pressman|November 13, 2020|Fortune
A male went to meet a person in a parking lot of Aldermans Place when an argument escalated and shots were fired.
Kunene’s sister — Wadiya Brown, 45, of Lanham — had come to the scene to try to help “de-escalate the situation,” according to Velez and the department.Man shoots at officers, runs over woman with stolen cruiser in Lanham, police say|Katie Mettler, Dana Hedgpeth|November 10, 2020|Washington Post
Bumble explains this change preserves the conversation history so it can still be escalated to review.Bumble’s new feature prevents bad actors from using ‘unmatch’ to hide from their victims|Sarah Perez|November 9, 2020|TechCrunch
Atlanta police Deputy Chief Timothy Peek revealed that the situation escalated and guns were fired.
The escalatory ladder is far more terrifying than it was on the eve of the millennium.
In other words, a de-escalatory push is being put into place.
Yet if he retaliates with more economic sanctions or some military move, Pyongyang might start climbing the escalatory ladder.War Looms for Obama in Iran, Syria, and North Korea|Leslie H. Gelb|April 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST