Escalate Definition

escalated, escalates, escalating
escalated, escalates, escalating
To cause to escalate.
Webster's New World
To rise on or as on an escalator.
Webster's New World
To increase in intensity, extent, or amount.
Tensions that escalated into violence.
American Heritage
To increase, enlarge, or intensify.
Escalated the hostilities in the Persian Gulf.
American Heritage
To expand step by step, as from a limited or local conflict into a general, esp. nuclear, war.
Webster's New World

Origin of Escalate

  • Back-formation from escalator

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

  • Back-formation from escalator.

    From Wiktionary

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