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backup

noun
     
Related topics: Computers
back‧up
1 [countable] something that you can use to replace something that does not work or is lost:
Always have a backup plan.
a backup generator
2TD [countable] a copy of a computer document, program etc, which is made in case the original becomes lost or damaged:
Make a backup of any work you do on the computer.
3 [uncountable] people or things that can be used to provide support and help if they are needed:
Army units can only operate if they have sufficient backup.
a backup team
4 [countable] American English someone who will play in a sports team if one of the other players is injured or ill [= reserve]:
a backup goalie

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