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live up to something

to fulfill expectations; to satisfy a goal or set of goals. (Often with one's reputation, promise, word, standards, etc.) I hope I can live up to my reputation. The class lives up to its reputation of being exciting and interesting.
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live up to something

to be as good as you said or thought something would be Analysts are concerned that corporate profits will not live up to expectations and could cause stock prices to fall. The game fails to live up to the excitement promised on its box.
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live up to

1. Live or act in accordance with; also, measure up to. For example, Children rarely live up to their parents' ideals, or This new technology has not lived up to our expectations. [Late 1600s]
2. Carry out, fulfill, as in She certainly lived up to her end of the bargain. [First half of 1800s]
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live up to

1. To live or act in accordance with: lived up to their parents' ideals.
2. To prove equal to: a new technology that did not live up to our expectations.
3. To carry out; fulfill: lived up to her end of the bargain.
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