[ US /ˈɛskəˌɫeɪt/ ]
[ UK /ˈɛskɐlˌe‍ɪt/ ]
  1. increase in extent or intensity
    The Allies escalated the bombing
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How To Use escalate In A Sentence

  • The decision to escalate UN involvement has been taken in the hopes of a swift end to the hostilities.
  • The gorillas 'behaviour has strong similarities to the children's game tag, but is perhaps more like a playful exchange of punches that must be well-judged to ensure it does not escalate into a more serious fight. Gorillas learn about injustice and revenge by playing tag
  • The threat to foreign contractors has escalated in the past month following a series of kidnappings and murders.
  • The promise was made on November 8th in order to de-escalate the stand-off with police who were preparing to attack those inside the building as well as their supporters on the street.
  • The term escalate became popular during the Vietnam War and refers to the United States' significantly increasing its involvement, but the term also carries an undertone of blunder. Site Home
  • Am I remorseful that it got out of hand and escalated into mass hysteria?
  • The Soviet Union tested its own hydrogen bomb within a year, and the nuclear arms race escalated further.
  • Our group largely agreed but added that the police response to our actions would play a decisive role in how far things would escalate.
  • Since his ouster violence has escalated in the capital.
  • Hopping from heist to heist, with the fuzz getting ever closer, the rivalry that has flared escalates and the cracks in this already untenable threesome begin to widen.
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