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verb     escalate pronunciation in American English
/ˈeskəˌleɪt/
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I/you/we/theyescalate
he/she/itescalates
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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     escalation pronunciation in American English
/ˌeskəˈleɪʃ(ə)n/ noun [countable/uncountable]
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