English definition of “escalate”
GET WORSE [I, T] › If a violent or bad situation escalates or is escalated, it quickly becomes worse or more serious: The fight quickly escalated into a riot.
INCREASE [I] › to rise or increase quickly: Airline prices escalate during the holiday season. escalation
/ˌeskəˈleɪʃən/ noun [C, U] › an escalation in violence