Definition of escalation in US 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 bank has lifted its official interest rate in a move that could be the start of a series of interest rate escalations.’
    • ‘The increase on attacks against children is in line with the escalation in attacks on adults in the same period.’
    • ‘They appear to be at particular risk for initiation and escalation of marijuana and illicit drug use and consequences.’
    • ‘Then my colleague asked a totally different question about the issue of price and the huge escalation in price since this time last year.’
    • ‘Later, escalation in steel prices forced the authorities to make a decision to increase the project cost, delaying work.’
    • ‘It does not sprawl or dance across the page; there are no dizzy escalations or sudden wild drops.’
    • ‘Burton gained a consort price, a rapid escalation in his acting fee; in return, he lent Taylor the glory of a classical stage tradition.’
    • ‘This is down from an annual escalation rate of 3.7% for the same quarter of 2002.’
    • ‘In those days, the price of electricity was nominal, and few foresaw the major escalation of utility costs that lay ahead.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘"Suddenly we saw a massive escalation in their blood pressure to very dangerous levels," she said yesterday.’
    • ‘The political escalation of the Chinese exchange rate question raises difficult issues of a face saving nature for the Chinese government.’
    • ‘We felt that this was an insufficient strategy, given the continued escalation of HIV infections.’
    • ‘That is due to the escalation in house prices.’
    • ‘Successive governments have been clueless about the continuing escalation of crime in our nation.’
    • ‘He said the issues behind the cost escalation were being addressed by the council chief executive.’
    • ‘This report was understood to detail the escalation in human rights abuses since the presidential elections last March.’
    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. 1.1 An increase in the intensity or seriousness of something; an intensification.
      ‘an escalation of violence’
      • ‘Students are encouraged to draw conclusions about the likelihood of escalation.’
      • ‘He said there were many factors responsible for escalation in militancy-related violence.’
      • ‘Ignoring the patient can also lead to escalation.’
      • ‘The seizure marks a growing escalation.’
      • ‘All signs point to an escalation of state repression over the next week.’
      • ‘But there is something quite desperate about the escalation of force.’
      • ‘However, the nature of escalation of violence appears to be different.’
      • ‘Each side reacts to the actions of the other in a continuing escalation of reciprocal acts.’
      • ‘The White House today blamed Hamas for the escalation of the violence in the Middle East.’
      • ‘Commanders have vowed no repeat of such an escalation this time around.’
      • ‘In my experience there is always escalation in these sorts of problems.’
      • ‘Any escalation in the war of words is clearly worrisome, of course.’
      • ‘Now Turkey is threatening an escalation of the conflict.’
      • ‘And that then leads to the kind of escalation across the border that is quick likely.’
      • ‘Jiang said the beatings represented a sharp escalation of a recent campaign by the Shanghai authorities to silence Mr. Zheng.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I have in mind the escalation of violent quarrels and feuds, particularly in a tribal culture.’
      • ‘Putting out an eerily similar editorial is liable to lead to escalation now.’
      • ‘But an atmosphere of rage in the Islamic world can only make escalation more likely.’

Pronunciation

escalation

/ˌɛskəˈleɪʃ(ə)n//ˌeskəˈlāSH(ə)n/