Definitions for escalateˈɛs kəˌleɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

es•ca•late*ˈɛs kəˌleɪt(v.i.; v.t.)-lat•ed, -lat•ing.

  1. to increase in intensity, magnitude, etc.:

    a time when prices escalate; to escalate a war.

* Pron: See percolate.

Origin of escalate:

1920–25; back formation from escalator

es′ca•la•to`ry-ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. escalate, intensify, step up(verb)

    increase in extent or intensity

    "The Allies escalated the bombing"


  1. escalate(Verb)

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

  2. escalate(Verb)

    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.

Translations for escalate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to increase or enlarge rapidly

Prices are escalating.

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