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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (to increase)
a. aumentar
The cost of education in this country has escalated exponentially in the last few decades.El costo de la educación en este país ha aumentado de manera exponencial en las últimas décadas.
2. (to become more intense)
a. intensificarse
The violence in the city has escalated in the past month.La violencia en la ciudad se ha intensificado en el último mes.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
3. (to intensify)
a. intensificar
The police chief stated that the department would escalate their efforts.El jefe de policía declaró que el departamento intensificaría sus esfuerzos.
4. (to increase)
a. aumentar
The rescue attempt failed, and the hijackers escalated their demands.El intento de rescate fracasó, y los secuestradores aumentaron sus demandas.
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (prices)
a. aumentar
to escalate into…convertirse en…
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escalate [ˈeskəleɪt]
intransitive verb
1 [+costs, prices] subir vertiginosamente
the costs of reprocessing have escalated considerably
production costs have escalated los costes de producción han subido vertiginosamente
the escalating rates of divorce their losses are due to escalating fuel prices added to the recession account charges could rise and interest rates escalate as the cost of the deal is passed on to depositors
escalating costs costes (m) que van en continuo aumento
they are seeking a loan to meet the escalating costs of the project
the cost of the project has escalated to £8.7 million el coste del proyecto ha subido vertiginosamente a 8,7 millones de libras
2 [+violence, tension, conflict] intensificarse
it appeared the violence might escalate out of control it was a rapidly escalating war the crisis in the Gulf has escalated steadily
the violence could escalate into a war la violencia podría intensificarse hasta llegar a una guerra
their argument escalated into a punch-up
transitive verb
[+conflict] intensificar; [+demands] aumentar
instead of deliberately escalating the conflict, NATO would seek to limit it
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