What is another word for escalate?

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To make greater in size, amount, or number
“Defeat could cause one side or the other to escalate the conflict.”
Increase rapidly
“The cost of the Games has risen to at least 6 billion euros, and many observers expect the costs to escalate even more.”
Make or become more intense or serious
“Therefore there is the possibility that a relatively small problem may rapidly escalate into a crisis.”
Transfer responsibility
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