Definition of live up to in English:

live up to

phrasal verb

  • 1Fulfil (expectations)

    ‘the food more than lived up to Luke's predictions’
    • ‘When I was a kid, the circus never really lived up to my expectations.’
    • ‘The red pepper and goat's cheese tart lived up to expectations.’
    • ‘When you have children, it becomes all about living up to their expectations.’
    • ‘James already has accomplished the near-impossible by living up to the hype that followed him into the league.’
    • ‘And in the first half, York lived up to their billing as favourites.’
    • ‘Essex, living up to its reputation, performed especially well in comparison to its East of England neighbours.’
    • ‘Did they find the country lived up to their expectations?’
    • ‘There is no question Martin has failed to live up to his advance billing.’
    • ‘I had heard about this wonder boy and he lived up to all I had heard.’
    • ‘Maybe it's just an overproduced theatrical event that didn't live up to all the hype.’
    measure up to, match up to, come up to, reach, satisfy, fulfil, achieve, meet, equal, be equal to, be on a level with, compare with, admit of comparison, bear comparison with
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    1. 1.1 Fulfil (an undertaking)
      ‘the president lived up to his promise to set America swiftly on a new path’
      • ‘He cites no international obligation that the U.S. has not lived up to.’
      • ‘He has not lived up to his promise to fully disclose the identities of his top money-collectors who bundle millions of dollars in campaign contributions.’
      • ‘Of the ones I know, or know of, there's about ten who have actually lived up to what they said they'd do.’
      • ‘‘The seller didn't live up to his promises,’ he says.’
      • ‘He completed his Cabinet less than a month after he became president-elect and lived up to his diversity vow.’