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English definition of “creep”


noun [U]     /kriːp/
slow and gradual change, especially when something increases: Gasoline price creep has been noticeable recently. The economic crisis now has a new dimension: the steady creep of inflation.
(Definition of creep noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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