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ESCALATE

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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 


ESCALATE (verb)


Sense 1escalate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Increase in extent or intensity

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

escalate; intensify; step up

Context example:

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)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

Antonym:

de-escalate (reduce the level or intensity or size or scope of)


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