- Present participle of escalate.
Variant of escalate
intransitive verbescalated, escalating
- to rise on or as on an escalator
- to expand step by step, as from a limited or local conflict into a general, esp. nuclear, war
- to grow or increase rapidly, often to the point of becoming unmanageable, as prices or wages
Origin of escalateback-formation ; from escalator
to cause to escalate