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

Definition of escalation in English:


1A rapid increase; a rise: cost escalations
More example sentences
  • 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
expansion, buildup
1.1An increase in the intensity or seriousness of something; an intensification: an escalation of violence
More 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.

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