English Phrasal Verbs: Computers:

Starting and finishing:

  1. Connect up: to join something (e.g. telephone, computer) to the main supply of power or to the main system.
  2. Boot up: if a computer boots up, or if someone boots a computer up, it is turned on so that it is ready to use.
  3. Power up: (American) , if a computer powers up, or if someone powers a computer up, it is turned on so that it is ready to use.
  4. Switch on: to turn on an electrical device by using a switch.
  5. Switch off: to turn off an electrical device by using a switch.
  6. Log in/ into
    Log on / onto: to put your name into a computer so that you can start using it.
  7. Log off: to finish using a computer system.
  8. Shut down: if a machine shuts down, or someone shuts it down, it stops operating.

Working on the computer

  1. Key in / into
    Type in / into : to put information into a computer using a keyboard.
  2. Type out/up: to produce a copy of something you have written by typing it into a computer or by using a typewriter.
  3. Back up: to make a copy of computer information so that you do not lose it.
  4. Print out: to produce a printed copy of a document that has been written on a computer.
  5. Hack into: to get into someone else’s computer system without permission in order to look at information or do something illegal.

Problems

  1. Go down: if a computer goes down, it stops working.
  2. Wipe out: to remove information stored on part of a computer (esp. memory, hard disk).

 

 

 

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