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English definition of “creep up”

creep up

verb [I usually + adv/prep] uk phrasal verb with creep   /kriːp/ (crept, crept) us  
If the value or amount of something creeps up, it slowly increases: Over the last year, the rate of inflation has crept up to almost seven percent.Increasing and intensifying
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