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verb [intransitive] creep pronunciation in American English /krip/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlecreeping
past tensecrept
past participlecrept
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  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 someones 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.
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  2. 2
    if an expression or color creeps into someones 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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