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verb escalate pronunciation in British English /ˈeskəleɪt/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyescalate
he/she/itescalates
present participleescalating
past tenseescalated
past participleescalated
  1. 1
    [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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  2. 2
    [intransitive] to increase, especially at a fast rate that causes problems
    an effort to control escalating costs

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escalation

 escalate pronunciation in British English /ˌeskəˈleɪʃ(ə)n/ noun [countable/uncountable]
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singularescalation
pluralescalations
the escalation of prices
an escalation in violence

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