Definition of live up to in English:

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live up to

1Fulfil (expectations): the food more than lived up to Luke’s predictions
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  • When you have children, it becomes all about living up to their 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.
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;
be good enough, fit/fill the bill
informal hold a candle to
1.1Fulfil (an undertaking): the president lived up to his promise to set America swiftly on a new path
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  • He cites no international obligation that the U.S. has not lived up to.
  • 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 completed his Cabinet less than a month after he became president-elect and lived up to his diversity vow.
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