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)
vb to reduce the level or intensity of (a crisis, etc.)
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus
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
check, contain, curb, damp down, decrease, defuse, diminish, lessen, limit, minimize, reduce, take the heat or sting out
escalate, heighten, increase, intensify, magnify
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