Adjective "escalating" definition and examples

(Escalating may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈɛskəleɪt/

Definitions and examples

verb

Increase rapidly.
  1. 'the escalating cost of health care'
  2. 'The cost of the Games has risen to at least 6 billion euros, and many observers expect the costs to escalate even more.'
  3. 'As the crime rate escalates, many citizens are faced with the difficult task of having to weigh their love for their country against their personal safety.'
  4. 'Inflation and other building costs could cause the costs to escalate if there was significant delay in construction.'
  5. 'The main factor that will put a brake on house price rises next year will be gradually escalating interest rates.'
  6. 'The new parliament remains the centre of controversy as building costs escalate.'
  7. 'This frightened me so much that I agreed to try benzodiazepines, but doses escalated rapidly.'
  8. 'The burden could grow exponentially as the female participation rate in paid employment escalates.'
  9. 'But the problem is that with rapidly escalating costs we are getting less for our money.'
  10. 'Beef prices are now at a twenty-year low while costs continue to escalate.'
  11. 'Not surprisingly petrol prices increased during August as world oil prices continued to escalate.'
  12. with object 'we do not want to escalate the war'
  13. 'Soon enough playful shoving escalated into an all-out war, which ended with Alex tackling Jamie to the floor.'
  14. 'Soon the case is making headlines and the whole thing escalates rapidly.'
  15. 'If the firefighters persevere with their eight-day strike this week, then matters could escalate rapidly.'
  16. 'Therefore there is the possibility that a relatively small problem may rapidly escalate into a crisis.'
  17. 'Sources say they were kept quiet in order not to escalate the row with Russia.'
  18. 'It soon escalated into physical and mental abuse and within two months I left and moved in with a girlfriend.'
  19. 'It soon escalated into indiscriminate attacks on white motorists, the burning of cars and attacks on pubs and businesses.'
  20. 'She said the dispute escalated into a furious struggle between her and her husband, who was wielding a baseball bat.'
  21. 'The argument escalated into a fight which was broken up by the other card players.'
  22. 'I became involved in an incident that could easily have escalated into something really nasty.'

More definitions

1. to increase in intensity, magnitude, etc.: to escalate a war; a time when prices escalate.

2. to raise, lower, rise, or descend on or as if on an escalator.

More examples(as adjective)

"crises can be escalating."

"campaigns can be escalating."

"violences can be escalating."

"problems can be escalating."

"claims can be escalating."

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Origin

(escalate)1920s (in the sense ‘travel on an escalator’): back-formation from escalator.