Definition for escalate

verb as in increase, be increased

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The talks around the TikTok ban have escalated fast into reality as countries continue to investigate the potential security threat and the platform’s data and security policies.

Apple further escalated its fight with Epic Games, filing a countersuit to stop the game maker from using its own payment system for Fortnite.

From Fortune

In response to the latest demand, Intuit’s lawyers took the rare step of escalating matters, filing a petition asking FTC commissioners to step in and significantly narrow the scope of what it had to produce.

The investigator said he would escalate the case and see if the facility had submitted any other suspect claims.

Amid escalating border tensions, India is staging a trade war of sorts against China.

From Quartz

Given the potential for a cyber tit-for-tat to escalate, Obama has even more incentive to find a diplomatic solution.

It does, and certainly has, helped to escalate the crisis by having this militaristic response to it.

If Rwanda does cross the border in response, it would significantly escalate the war and humanitarian crisis.

The most important thing, he and these experts agreed, was finding an environment where slights never escalate to violence.

Washington, in particular, has been loath to do anything that might escalate.


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On this page you'll find 72 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to escalate, such as: expand, grow, heighten, intensify, mount, and raise.

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