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verb American English pronunciation: escalate /ˈeskəˌleɪt/ 
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present tense
present participleescalating
past tenseescalated
past participleescalated
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    [intransitive/transitive] to become much worse or more serious, or to make something do this

    The tension escalated until it became unbearable.

    Rebel forces have escalated the fighting.

    escalate into:

    Any one of these border disputes could escalate into war.

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 American English pronunciation: escalation /ˌeskəˈleɪʃ(ə)n/  noun [countable/uncountable]
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the escalation of prices

an escalation in violence

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