creep in - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [intransitive]
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
    creep into something:

    It seems that very few errors crept into the text.

     Synonyms and related words
  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 ‘sexycrept into the language a few years ago.

See also main entry: creep