Back Up

How to Conjugate Back Up

  • Infinitive: Back Up
  • Present Tense: Back Up
  • -ing Form: Backing Up
  • Past Tense: Backed Up
  • Past Participle: Backed Up
Back Up is a separable phrasal verb and has 4 definitions.

Definitions of Back Up:

1. To walk or drive a vehicle backwards.

Examples: Wait, back up! You drove past the house.
I asked the lady to back up because she was standing too close to me in line.

2. When you support someone or something.

Examples: Rita’s argument about global warming would’ve been great, if she had backed it up with some facts.
The secret to a great marriage is to always back each other up, even when the person is wrong.

3. To make a copy of computer data or files.
[Part. Adj/Attributive Noun] {Backup} Something else you have in case the main plans, file, equipment, etc. goes wrong.

Examples: You need to back up all your programs before you reformat your computer.
Do you have a backup date to the prom?
I have two cell phones because I need one for backup.

4. When something is prevented from moving.

Examples: Traffic is backed up on I-90 East.
This is the third time this week the drain has been backed up.

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