[ UK /ˌɛskɐlˈe‍ɪʃən/ ]
[ US /ˌɛskəˈɫeɪʃən/ ]
  1. an increase to counteract a perceived discrepancy
    higher wages caused an escalation of prices
    there was a gradual escalation of hostilities
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How To Use escalation In A Sentence

  • Japan had hoped that the resumption of talks in September would help the countries settle the issue and stave off mounting cries on both sides for further escalation.
  • The consequences would be a rapid, continuous, and sizable escalation of oil prices in the short and long term.
  • "Suddenly we saw a massive escalation in their blood pressure to very dangerous levels," she said yesterday.
  • Successive governments have been clueless about the continuing escalation of crime in our nation.
  • But escalation is not usually associated with adult sexuality.
  • President Bush accusing Russia of what he called a dramatic and brutal escalation of its invasion of Georgia. CNN Transcript Aug 11, 2008
  • The inevitable result is the re-escalation of civil conflict. Iraq Withdrawal in Danger
  • While the fundamental risk remained Global Thermonuclear War prosecuted by one or both of the only nation-states capable of accomplishing such a civilization-threatening feat single-handedly or 'cooperatively', the contributing risks represented by escalation and alliances opened a larger number of paths from the status quo to the unthinkable outcome and some of those paths had distinctly lower thresholds standing between origin and outcome. The Speculist: Doomsday Clock Speculist Challenge
  • Putting out an eerily similar editorial is liable to lead to escalation now.
  • That is due to the escalation in house prices.
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