es·ca·late /ˈɛskəˌleɪt/ verb es·ca·lates; es·ca·lat·ed; es·ca·lat·ing
to become worse or to make (something) worse or more severe [no obj
] ▪ The conflict has escalated into an all-out war. ▪ a time of escalating tensions/violence
] ▪ We are trying not to escalate the violence.
to become greater or higher or to make (something) greater or higher [no obj
] ▪ Salaries of leading executives have continued to escalate. ▪ an effort to combat escalating [=rising] costs
] ▪ The cold weather has escalated fuel prices.
— es·ca·la·tion /ˌɛskəˈleɪʃən/ noun