Live up to – English Phrasal Verb – Online English Lessons

To live up to is to be as good as someone hopes or expects. 

If someone or something lives up to people’s expectations, they are as good as they are expected to be.

Examples of use:

1. Our hotel was amazing and lived up to all our expectations.

2. Last night’s concert was good, but I don’t think he lived up to his reputation as a world-class entertainer.

3. Did the Harry Potter movie live up to your expectations?

    Yes! It was fantastic!

4. I’m not living up to my parents’ dreams: they want me to be a doctor like my father, but I want to be an actor.

5.  News headline: Barack Obama’s speech failed to live up to his own high standards.

6.  Will the new McLaren Formula 1 car live up to expectations?

7. Will the iPad live up to the hype?

8. You’re not living up to your potential – you should get a job, earn some money and do something with your life.

live up to
present simple
live up to and lives up to
-ing form
living up to
past simple
lived up to
past participle
lived up to

Can you use this phrasal verb in a sentence?

Do you think you have lived up to your parents’ or teachers’ hopes for your future?

Has something not lived up to your expectations or standards?

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