Definition of inch verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

inch

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɪntʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪntʃ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they inch
BrE BrE//ɪntʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪntʃ//
 
he / she / it inches
BrE BrE//ˈɪntʃɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪntʃɪz//
 
past simple inched
BrE BrE//ɪntʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪntʃt//
 
past participle inched
BrE BrE//ɪntʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪntʃt//
 
-ing form inching
BrE BrE//ˈɪntʃɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪntʃɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive, transitive] to move or make something move slowly and carefully in a particular direction + adv./prep. She moved forward, inching towards the rope. She inched cautiously towards the edge of the cliff. The cat inched a little closer. inch something + adv./prep. I inched the car forward. He inched his way through the narrow passage. Word Origin late Old English ynce, from Latin uncia ‘twelfth part’, from unus ‘one’ (probably denoting a unit). Compare with ounce.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: inch