AskDefine | Define escalate

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escalate v : increase in extent or intensity; "The Allies escalated the bombing" [syn: intensify, step up] [ant: de-escalate]

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back-form escalator


(transitive and intransitive)
  1. to increase (something) in extent or intensity; to intensify or step up
    Violence escalated during the election.
    The shooting escalated the existing hostility.
  2. in technical support, to transfer a telephone caller to the next higher level of authority
    The tech 1 escalated the caller to a tech 2.


to intensify
to transfer a telephone caller to the next higher level of authority

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