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verb inch pronunciation in British English /ɪntʃ/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyinch
he/she/itinches
present participleinching
past tenseinched
past participleinched
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to move somewhere very slowly and gradually, or to make something do this
    inch along/forward/up/towards:

    Maggie tapped impatiently on the steering wheel and inched slowly forward.

    A dark shadow inched its way along the wall.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to gradually become greater or smaller in amount or number
    inch up/down/higher/lower:

    Interest rates have been inching up over the past year.

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