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escalate
American English: /ˈɛskəˌleɪt/
British English: /ˈɛskəleɪt/

Translation of escalate in Spanish:

intransitive verb

  • 1.1
    (fighting/violence/dispute)
    intensificarse
    to escalate into/to somethingthe scuffles escalated into a riot
    las refriegas terminaron en serios disturbios callejeros
    pollution has escalated to disastrous levels
    la contaminación ha alcanzado niveles de extrema gravedad
    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.
    1.2
    (costs/claims)
    aumentar
    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.
    1.3
    also: escalating present participle
    (dispute/tension)
    creciente
    escalating wages/prices
    sueldos/precios que van en escalada or en continuo aumento

transitive verb

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