Meaning of escalate

es•ca•late

Pronunciation: (es'ku-lāt"), [key]
— -lat•ed, -lat•ing.
  1. to increase in intensity, magnitude, etc.: to escalate a war; a time when prices escalate.
  2. to raise, lower, rise, or descend on or as if on an escalator.
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