What does escalate mean?

Definitions for escalate
ˈɛs kəˌleɪtes·ca·late

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. escalate, intensify, step upverb

    increase in extent or intensity

    "The Allies escalated the bombing"


  1. escalateverb

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

  2. escalateverb

    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.


  1. escalate

    To escalate is to increase or intensify in severity, scope, or magnitude. It can also imply a progression or advancement to a higher level, state, or position. This term is frequently used in various contexts such as conflicts, situations, problems, or disagreements where these begin to become more serious or intense.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of escalate in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of escalate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of escalate in a Sentence

  1. Mayor Michael Hancock:

    The decision not to engage with the protesters and escalate the conflict was the right one, and the perpetrators of this despicable act will be punished.

  2. Tarek Tabl:

    This is only going to escalate.

  3. Desmond Blaize:

    I had my ID on me so it didn’t escalate, but what’s suspicious about a jogger? In jogging clothes?

  4. Staff Chairman Mark Milley:

    According to Milley, the calls were arranged due to “concerning intelligence” that the Chinese were concerned about a potential US attack on them. “I know, I am certain that President Trump did not intend to attack the Chinese,” Milley said. “My task at that time was to de-escalate.”

  5. Dan Hoffman:

    It's not quite so simple as stick it in the traditional basket of escalate, de-escalate, he did that by putting 190,000 troops on the border. He could have de-escalated and got everything he wanted pretty much. He didn't do it.

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