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es·ca·late

escalate

 
 
pronunciation:
e sk leIt
features:
Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb & intransitive verb
inflections: escalates, escalating, escalated
definition: to increase in intensity, scope, or size.
We will escalate the war against crime.His demands soon escalated.
antonyms:
de-escalate
similar words:
intensify, mount, rise, swell, thicken
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derivations: escalatory (adj.), escalation (n.)