Definition of escalation in English:

escalation

noun

  • 1A rapid increase; a rise.

    ‘cost escalations’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The next step in technology escalation is the addition of a stand-alone personal computer.’
    • ‘Clearly, the escalation of U. S. troops in Baghdad failed to meet its mission.’
    • ‘In cost escalation, Kerala is among the top states.’
    • ‘That is due to the escalation in house prices.’
    • ‘This is down from an annual escalation rate of 3.7% for the same quarter of 2002.’
    • ‘Then my colleague asked a totally different question about the issue of price and the huge escalation in price since this time last year.’
    • ‘We felt that this was an insufficient strategy, given the continued escalation of HIV infections.’
    • ‘"Suddenly we saw a massive escalation in their blood pressure to very dangerous levels," she said yesterday.’
    • ‘In those days, the price of electricity was nominal, and few foresaw the major escalation of utility costs that lay ahead.’
    • ‘This report was understood to detail the escalation in human rights abuses since the presidential elections last March.’
    • ‘Later, escalation in steel prices forced the authorities to make a decision to increase the project cost, delaying work.’
    • ‘The political escalation of the Chinese exchange rate question raises difficult issues of a face saving nature for the Chinese government.’
    • ‘It does not sprawl or dance across the page; there are no dizzy escalations or sudden wild drops.’
    • ‘He said the issues behind the cost escalation were being addressed by the council chief executive.’
    • ‘Burton gained a consort price, a rapid escalation in his acting fee; in return, he lent Taylor the glory of a classical stage tradition.’
    • ‘The bank has lifted its official interest rate in a move that could be the start of a series of interest rate escalations.’
    • ‘They appear to be at particular risk for initiation and escalation of marijuana and illicit drug use and consequences.’
    rapid increase, rise, hike, advance, growth, leap, upsurge, upturn, upswing, climb, jump, spiralling
    intensification, aggravation, exacerbation, compounding, increase, enlargement, magnification, mushrooming, amplification, augmentation
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    1. 1.1An increase in the intensity or seriousness of something; an intensification.
      ‘an escalation of violence’
      mass noun ‘the present escalation of global warming’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Putting out an eerily similar editorial is liable to lead to escalation now.’
      • ‘Opposition leaders have also played a direct role in the escalation of violence.’
      • ‘Fires come in three strengths, each phase an escalation of the last.’
      • ‘Now the country is threatening an escalation of the conflict.’
      • ‘All signs point to an escalation of state repression over the next week.’
      • ‘However, the nature of escalation of violence appears to be different.’
      • ‘Any escalation in the war of words is clearly worrisome, of course.’
      • ‘Each side reacts to the actions of the other in a continuing escalation of reciprocal acts.’
      • ‘In my experience there is always escalation in these sorts of problems.’
      • ‘Ignoring the patient can also lead to escalation.’
      • ‘But there is something quite desperate about the escalation of force.’
      • ‘The seizure marks a growing escalation.’
      • ‘And that then leads to the kind of escalation across the border that is quick likely.’
      • ‘I have in mind the escalation of violent quarrels and feuds, particularly in a tribal culture.’

Pronunciation

escalation

/ɛskəˈleɪʃ(ə)n/