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phrasal verb [intransitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theycreep in
he/she/itcreeps in
present participlecreeping in
past tensecrept in
past participlecrept in

or creep into

  1. 1
    to gradually start to affect or change something
    Politicians have warned of voter cynicism creeping in, unless there’s an immediate inquiry.
    creep into something: It seems that very few errors crept into the text.
  2. 2
    if a word or meaning creeps in, it gradually becomes used
    The French worry about the number of English words continuing to creep in.
    creep into something: A new meaning of ‘sexy’ crept into the language a few years ago.
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