Tensions that escalated into violence.
Escalated the customer's complaint.
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.
The tech 1 escalated the caller to a tech 2.
Escalated the hostilities in the Persian Gulf.
Origin of escalate
- Back-formation from escalator
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Back-formation from escalator.