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verb [intransitive] creep pronunciation in British English /kriːp/
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present tense
I/you/we/theycreep
he/she/itcreeps
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 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. 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.
    3. c.
      if a vehicle creeps somewhere, it moves very slowly
      The traffic kept creeping forwards a few inches and then stopping.
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  2. 2
    if an expression or colour 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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