Definition of Escalate

1. Verb. Increase in extent or intensity. "The Allies escalated the bombing"

Exact synonyms: Intensify, Step Up
Generic synonyms: Increase
Specialized synonyms: Redouble
Antonyms: De-escalate
Derivative terms: Escalation, Intensification, Intensity, Step-up



Definition of Escalate

1. Verb. to increase (something) in extent or intensity; to intensify or step up ¹

2. Verb. in technical support, to transfer a telephone caller to the next higher level of authority ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Escalate

1. to increase [v -LATED, -LATING, -LATES] - See also: increase

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Literary usage of Escalate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"1922 (OED Supplement) But the figurative escalate that we now use appears to ... When escalate began to be used figuratively, it was also in reference to ..."

2. The Guardians by Lawrence Murray, Murray Lawrence (2002)
"LEAH'S SUCCESSES escalate 'n three subjects Leah was an expert: the history and theological schools of Islam; ..."

3. The World and Yugoslavia's Wars by Richard Henry Ullman (1996)
"Europe's peace today is a divisible peace: violent conflicts will be sufficiently confined so that they will be very unlikely to escalate across the ..."

4. Non-Combat Roles for the U.S. Military in the Post Cold-War Era by James R. Graham (1993)
"If commanders must take another step and gradually escalate, there evolves a situation in which one must escalate— step by step—more and more. ..."

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