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escalate

Pronunciation: /ˈeskəleɪt/

Translation of escalate in Spanish:

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 1.1 [fighting/violence/dispute] intensificarse*to escalate into/to sth the 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 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
    (escalating present participle/participio presente)
    [dispute/tension] creciente escalating wages/prices sueldos/precios que van en escalada or en continuo aumento

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1.1 [fighting/tension] intensificar* 1.2 [demands] aumentar
    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.

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