- 1Increase rapidly: the price of tickets escalated (as adjective escalating) the escalating cost of health careMore example sentences
- But the problem is that with rapidly escalating costs we are getting less for our money.
- In turn, the increased prices caused health costs to escalate in a vicious circle.
- The main factor that will put a brake on house price rises next year will be gradually escalating interest rates.
- 1.1Become or cause to become more intense or serious: [no object]: the disturbance escalated into a full-scale riot [with object]: we do not want to escalate the warMore example sentences
- Indeed, for each of these countries ethnic conflict has escalated into civil war.
- A local show of strength then escalated into a confrontation with police.
- It could easily have escalated into something far more serious, the spokesperson stressed.
1920s (in the sense 'travel on an escalator'): back-formation from escalator.