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verb (escalates, escalating, escalated) (transitive and intransitive)
  1. to increase (something) in extent or intensity; to intensify or step up
Violence escalated during the election.
The shooting escalated the existing hostility.
  1. in technical support, to transfer a telephone caller to the next higher level of authority
The tech 1 escalated the caller to a tech 2.
Etymology: (back-form, escalator)


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