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escalate

  

      vb   to increase or be increased in extent, intensity, or magnitude  
to escalate a war, prices escalated because of inflation     
     (C20: back formation from escalator)  
  escalation      n  


de-escalate  
      vb   to reduce the level or intensity of (a crisis, etc.)  
  de-escalation      n  
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escalate

  
  
amplify, ascend, be increased, enlarge, expand, extend, grow, heighten, increase, intensify, magnify, mount, raise, rise, step up  
  
Antonyms     
   abate, contract, decrease, descend, diminish, fall, lessen, limit, lower, shrink, wane, wind down  


de-escalate     
check, contain, curb, damp down, decrease, defuse, diminish, lessen, limit, minimize, reduce, take the heat or sting out  
  
Antonyms     
   escalate, heighten, increase, intensify, magnify  

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