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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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The cornerstone of the policy should be threat assessment, not an escalating approach or a force continuum.
Bush made the announcement at a time when the region is seeing an escalating series of Palestinian suicide bombings and Israeli counterstrikes.
Now we have the rapidly escalating tidal wave of the Internet.
As the general manager of Knickerbocker Village, a 1,600-unit rental that is structured in much the same way as a Mitchell-Lama, I have had to overcome several challenges regarding our budget and escalating costs.