Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
- (transitive, intransitive) To increase (something) in extent or intensity; to intensify or step up.
- Violence escalated during the election.
- The shooting escalated the existing hostility.
- (transitive) In technical support, to transfer a customer, a problem, etc. to the next higher level of authority
- The tech 1 escalated the caller to a tech 2.