- 1A rapid increase; a rise: cost escalationsMore example sentences
rapid increase, rise, hike, advance, growth, leap, upsurge, upturn, upswing, climb, jump, spirallingintensification, aggravation, exacerbation, compounding, increase, enlargement, magnification, mushrooming, amplification, augmentation; expansion, stepping-up, build-up, buildout, heightening, widening, worsening; deterioration
- 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.
- 1.1An increase in the intensity or seriousness of something; an intensification: an escalation of violence [mass noun]: the present escalation of global warmingMore example sentences
- 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.