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English verb: escalate

1. escalate (change) increase in extent or intensity

SamplesThe Allies escalated the bombing.

Synonymsintensify, step up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)increase

Narrower (hyponym)redouble

Antonymsde-escalate, step down, weaken

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