escalate

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escalate

(ĕs′kă-lāt) [L. scala, staircase]
1. To increase, esp. the dosage of a medication.
2. To become more angry, dangerous, or intense, as in an interpersonal crisis.
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32 billion but the cost was escalated due to delay in execution.
However, violence then escalated in other parts of the city.