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Definition of creep verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they creep
    he / she / it creeps
    past simple crept
    -ing form creeping
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  1. 1In the phrasal verb creep someone out, creeped is used for the past simple and past participle. [intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) (of people or animals) to move slowly, quietly, and carefully, because you do not want to be seen or heard I crept up the stairs, trying not to wake my parents. I heard someone creeping around the house.
  2. 2[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to move with your body close to the ground; to move slowly on your hands and knees synonym crawl
  3. 3[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to move or develop very slowly Her arms crept around his neck. A slight feeling of suspicion crept over me.
  4. 4[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) (of plants) to grow along the ground or up walls using long stems or roots see also creeper
  5. Idioms
    make your flesh crawl/creep
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    to make you feel afraid or full of disgust Just the sight of him makes my flesh crawl.
    Phrasal Verbscreep in/into somethingcreep somebody outcreep upcreep up on somebody
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: creep