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verb [intransitive] creep pronunciation in British English /kriːp/
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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 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.

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    2. b.
      if something such as fire, the sun, or fog creeps somewhere, it moves slowly

      The flames were creeping along the corridor behind him.

      I watched the sunlight creep across the window.

      As dusk crept in, lights came on.

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  2. 2
    if an expression or colour 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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