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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyback up
he/she/itbacks up
present participlebacking up
past tensebacked up
past participlebacked up
  1. 1
    [transitive]back someone up to give support to someone by telling other people that you agree with them
    If I ask for more money will you back me up?
  2. 2
    [transitive] to show that an explanation or belief is probably true
    All the evidence backs up her story.
  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to make a copy of information on your computer
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  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] if traffic backs up, or if it is backed up, the vehicles are in a long line and waiting to continue moving
    Cars were backed up for miles.
    Traffic is backing up on all routes out of town.
  5. 5
    [intransitive] to move backward a short distance
    I need everyone to back up about 10 steps.
  6. 6
    [intransitive/transitive] to make a car go backward
    See if you can back up a little farther.
    back something up something: I’ll back the car up the driveway.
  7. 7
    [intransitive] used for telling someone to return to something that was said earlier
    Back up: didn’t you say they had already met?
See also main entry: back


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