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v. es·ca·lat·ed, es·ca·lat·ing, es·ca·lates
To increase in intensity, extent, or amount: tensions that escalated into violence.
1. To increase, enlarge, or intensify: escalated the hostilities in the Persian Gulf.
2. To pass (a transaction or case) on to a higher level in an organizational hierarchy: escalated the customer's complaint.

[Back-formation from escalator.]

es′ca·la′tion n.
es′ca·la·to′ry (-lə-tôr′ē) adj.
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increasing in extent, intensity, or magnitude
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