how to pronounce backup


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backup is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of backup in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… to have a backup of all these seeds so …”

meanings of backup


  1. A copy of a file or record, stored separately from the original, that can be used to recover the original if it is destroyed or damaged.
  2. A reserve or substitute.
  3. Reinforcements.
  4. An accumulation of material caused by a (partial) obstruction or blockage of the flow or movement of the material, or an accumulation of material that causes an overflow due to the flow being greater than the maximum possible flow.


  1. Supporting, reinforcing; (music) of or related to accompaniment.
  2. That is intended as a backup.
  3. Standby, reserve or extra.


  1. Misspelling of back up.

backup frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word backup occurs in english on average 6.5 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics backup can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that backup can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) communication, information, and media;

words with pronunciation similar to backup


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