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"inch" in British English

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inchnoun [C]

uk   us   /ɪntʃ/ (written abbreviation in.)
B1 a ​unit used for ​measuringlength, ​approximatelyequal to 2.54 ​centimetres, sometimes ​shown by the ​symbol ″: Twelve inches are ​equal to one ​foot. He had a ​cut an inch ​long above his ​lefteye. The ​snow was six inches ​deep in some ​places. a ​piece of ​wood 2″ by 2″
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inchverb [I or T, + adv/prep]

uk   us   /ɪntʃ/
to ​move very ​slowly or in a lot of ​shortstages: We are inching towards an ​agreement. Share ​prices inched up/​higher during the ​day. Residents ​watched the ​flames inch closer and ​closer.
(Definition of inch from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"inch" in American English

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inchnoun [C]

 us   /ɪntʃ/ (abbreviation in., symbol )

inch noun [C] (MEASUREMENT)

a ​unit of ​measurement of ​lengthequal to 1/12foot or 2.54 ​centimeters

inchverb [always + adv/prep]

 us   /ɪntʃ/

inch verb [always + adv/prep] (MOVE)

to move very ​slowly, or in a lot of ​shortstages: [I] Stock ​prices inched ​higherthroughout the ​afternoon. [T] Mike inched the ​bookcase into ​position.
(Definition of inch from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"inch" in Business English

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inchnoun [C]

uk   us   /ɪnʃ/ (abbreviation in., symbol ʺ)
MEASURES a ​unit of ​measureequal to one-twelfth of a foot or 2.54 ​centimetres: Eighteen inches of ​snowdisrupteddeliveries across the Midwest. The ​tablet computer's ​screen measures 9.4 inches diagonally. Sheet metal cladding ​costs more ​per square inch than ​reinforcedplastic.
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inchverb [I]

uk   us   /ɪnʃ/
to ​move very slowly or in a lot of ​shortstages: inch ahead/along/forward Crates inched along the conveyor belt on their way out of the ​warehouse. Legislators inched closer to ​closing a ​loophole in the ​law.inch up/upward Stocks slowly inched ​upward in March.
(Definition of inch from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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