live up to


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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

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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