escalate definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • to improve, enlarge, or intensify: escalated the hostilities within the Persian Gulf.
  • verb-intransitive:
    • To Boost in power or level: "a deepening long-lasting impasse that is sure to escalate” ( Stewart L. Udall).
  • verb:
    • to boost (one thing) in level or power; to intensify or intensify
    • in technical support, to transfer a telephone caller to another location higher level of authority
    • rise in extent or intensity

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