Escalate meaning

ĕskə-lāt
To increase in intensity, extent, or amount.

Tensions that escalated into violence.

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To pass (a transaction or case) on to a higher level in an organizational hierarchy.

Escalated the customer's complaint.

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To escalate is defined as to increase quickly, to become more serious or to become worse.

An example of escalate is when the price of grain quickly goes up.

An example of escalate is when tensions between two countries become worse.

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To expand step by step, as from a limited or local conflict into a general, esp. nuclear, war.
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To cause to escalate.
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To increase (something) in extent or intensity; to intensify or step up.

Violence escalated during the election.

The shooting escalated the existing hostility.

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To grow or increase rapidly, often to the point of becoming unmanageable, as prices or wages.
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In technical support, to transfer a telephone caller to the next higher level of authority.

The tech 1 escalated the caller to a tech 2.

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To increase, enlarge, or intensify.

Escalated the hostilities in the Persian Gulf.

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To rise on or as on an escalator.
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Origin of escalate

  • Back-formation from escalator

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Back-formation from escalator.

    From Wiktionary