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escalate

 
 
pronunciation:
e sk leIt
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: escalates, escalating, escalated
definition: to increase in intensity, scope, or size.
The blackmailer's demands soon escalated.The number of violent storms has escalated in recent years.
antonyms:
de-escalate
similar words:
intensify, mount, rise, swell, thicken
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to expand, intensify, or increase.
The government escalated its war on illegal drugs.The rescue workers escalated their efforts to find the victims of the earthquake.
antonyms:
de-escalate
similar words:
intensify
derivations: escalatory (adj.), escalation (n.)