escalate Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"escalate" in British English

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escalateverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈes.kə.leɪt/
to ​become or make something ​becomegreater or more ​serious: His ​financialproblems escalated after he ​becameunemployed. The ​decision to escalate UN ​involvement has been made in the ​hopes of a ​swift end to the ​hostilities. The escalating ​rate of ​inflation will ​almostcertainlybring escalating ​prices.
escalation
noun [C or U] uk   us   /ˌes.kəˈleɪ.ʃən/
It's ​difficult to ​explain the ​recent escalation in/ofviolentcrime.
(Definition of escalate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"escalate" in American English

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escalateverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈes·kəˌleɪt/
to make or ​becomegreater or more ​serious: [T] Sending in more ​troops would escalate the ​war. [I] Our ​costs escalated ​considerably over the next few ​years.
escalating
adjective [not gradable]  us   /ˈes·kəˌleɪ·t̬ɪŋ/
escalating tensions/​prices
(Definition of escalate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"escalate" in Business English

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escalateverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈeskəleɪt/
to become more important or serious, or to make something do this: a problem/crisis/dispute escalates Mediation can be used to ​settledisputes at an early ​stage and ​stop problems escalating.escalate a problem/matter/complaint If the ​customer remains dissatisfied with the ​response, they may then escalate the ​complaint.
to ​rise or to make something ​rise: price/cost/demand escalates As ​prices escalated, fewer ​people could ​afford a ​mortgage on a ​house.escalate costs/prices It was suggested that the UV coating on the ​windows would escalate the ​cost of the ​originalplan.
escalation
noun [C or U]
the escalation in/of ​prices The problem ​needs to be ​addressed immediately in ​order to ​avoid an escalation.
(Definition of escalate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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