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escalation Syllabification: es·ca·la·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌeskəˈlāSH(ə)n/

Definition of escalation in English:


1A rapid increase; a rise: cost escalations
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  • Today the cost has risen to $360 per square foot - a 62 percent escalation.
  • The increase on attacks against children is in line with the escalation in attacks on adults in the same period.
  • Successive governments have been clueless about the continuing escalation of crime in our nation.
increase, rise, hike, growth, leap, upsurge, upturn, climb
intensification, aggravation, exacerbation, magnification, amplification, augmentation;
expansion, buildup
1.1An increase in the intensity or seriousness of something; an intensification: an escalation of violence
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  • Commanders have vowed no repeat of such an escalation this time around.
  • Students are encouraged to draw conclusions about the likelihood of escalation.
  • He said there were many factors responsible for escalation in militancy-related violence.

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