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verb [intransitive] creep pronunciation in American English /krip/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theycreep
he/she/itcreeps
present participlecreeping
past tensecrept
past participlecrept
  1. 1
    if someone creeps somewhere, they move there quietly and slowly

    I crept downstairs when everyone was asleep.

    She crept quietly into bed.

    1. a.
      if a vehicle creeps somewhere, it moves very slowly

      The traffic kept creeping forward a few inches and then stopping.

    2. b.
      if something such as fire, the sun, or fog creeps somewhere, it moves slowly
      creep into/in/along/across:

      The flames were creeping along the hall behind him.

      As dusk crept in, lights came on.

      I watched the sunlight creep across the window.

    3. c.
      if someone's arm or hand creeps somewhere, it moves quietly and slowly

      His arm crept around her shoulder.

      A little hand crept across the table and touched my arm.

  2. 2
    if an expression or color creeps into someone's face, it gradually appears there
    creep across/into:

    A little smile crept across her mouth.

    A scarlet flush was creeping into her cheeks.

    1. a.
      if an emotion or feeling creeps somewhere, someone gradually starts to experience it
      creep in/into/across:

      Suspicion began to creep into her mind.

      She felt a tingling sensation creep across the back of her neck.

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