Definition of live up to in US English:

live up to

phrasal verb

  • 1Fulfill (expectations).

    • ‘Did they find the country lived up to their expectations?’
    • ‘When I was a kid, the circus never really lived up to my expectations.’
    • ‘I had heard about this wonder boy and he lived up to all I had heard.’
    • ‘When you have children, it becomes all about living up to their expectations.’
    • ‘Essex, living up to its reputation, performed especially well in comparison to its East of England neighbours.’
    • ‘Maybe it's just an overproduced theatrical event that didn't live up to all the hype.’
    • ‘The red pepper and goat's cheese tart lived up to expectations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is no question Martin has failed to live up to his advance billing.’
    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 Fulfill (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.’
      • ‘‘The seller didn't live up to his promises,’ he says.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He completed his Cabinet less than a month after he became president-elect and lived up to his diversity vow.’
      • ‘Of the ones I know, or know of, there's about ten who have actually lived up to what they said they'd do.’