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escalate

verb [I or T]     /ˈes.kə.leɪt/
to become or make something become greater or more serious: His financial problems escalated after he became unemployed. The decision to escalate UN involvement has been taken in the hopes of a swift end to the hostilities. The escalating rate of inflation will almost certainly bring escalating prices.Increasing and intensifying escalation     /ˌes.kəˈleɪ.ʃən/ noun [C or U] It's difficult to explain the recent escalation in/of violent crime.Increasing and intensifying
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