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verb escalate pronunciation in American English /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.

    escalate into:

    Any one of these border disputes could escalate into war.

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 escalate pronunciation in American English /ˌeskəˈleɪʃ(ə)n/ noun [countable/uncountable]
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