Definition of live up to in English:

live up to

phrasal verb

  • 1Fulfil (expectations)

    ‘the food more than lived up to Luke's predictions’
    • ‘The red pepper and goat's cheese tart lived up to expectations.’
    • ‘Did they find the country lived up to their expectations?’
    • ‘Maybe it's just an overproduced theatrical event that didn't live up to all the hype.’
    • ‘And in the first half, York lived up to their billing as favourites.’
    • ‘James already has accomplished the near-impossible by living up to the hype that followed him into the league.’
    • ‘When I was a kid, the circus never really lived up to my expectations.’
    • ‘Essex, living up to its reputation, performed especially well in comparison to its East of England neighbours.’
    • ‘When you have children, it becomes all about living 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.’
    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 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.’
      • ‘He cites no international obligation that the U.S. has not lived up to.’
      • ‘‘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.’