One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘an escalation in oil prices’
rapid increase, rise, hike, advance, growth, leap, upsurge, upturn, upswing, climb, jump, spiralling
2‘a drastic escalation of the conflict’
intensification, aggravation, exacerbation, compounding, increase, enlargement, magnification, mushrooming, amplification, augmentation
expansion, stepping-up, build-up, buildout, heightening, widening, worsening
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