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escalate

[es-kuh-leyt] /ˈɛs kəˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), verb (used 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 escalator.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; back formation from escalator
Related forms
escalation, noun
escalatory
[es-kuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈɛs kə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
nonescalating, adjective
nonescalatory, adjective
reescalate, verb, reescalated, reescalating.
reescalation, noun
Synonyms
1. advance, mount, swell.
Antonyms
1. lower, decrease, fall.
Pronunciation note
See percolate.
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British Dictionary definitions for escalations

escalate

/ˈɛskəˌleɪt/
verb
1.
to increase or be increased in extent, intensity, or magnitude to escalate a war, prices escalated because of inflation
Derived Forms
escalation, noun
Word Origin
C20: back formation from escalator
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Word Origin and History for escalations
escalate
1922, back formation from escalator; it came into general use with a sense of "raise" after 1959. Related: Escalated; escalating.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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