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Dictionary entry overview: What does escalate mean?
• ESCALATE (verb)
The verb ESCALATE has 1 sense:
1. increase in extent or intensity
Familiarity information: ESCALATE used as a verb is very rare.
Dictionary entry details
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Increase in extent or intensity
Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
The Allies escalated the bombing
Hypernyms (to "escalate" is one way to...):
increase (make bigger or more)
Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "escalate"):
redouble (double in magnitude, extent, or intensity)
Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
de-escalate (reduce the level or intensity or size or scope of)
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