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live up to

live up to

Date: Apr 24 2008

Themes: Pop Culture

Quote

1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

“I sometimes think I was born to live up to my name. How could I be anything else but what I am having been named Madonna? I would either have ended up a nun or this.”

- Madonna on being named Madonna. (Vanity Fair)

Definition

1. Definition - Study the definition.

be as good as what was expected or promised

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

The world is full of promises. Sometimes names are promises. Think of the Great Wall of China or the Grand Canyon. They sure better be great and grand with names like that. Luckily, they live up to their names.

To live up to something is to deliver on a promise or expectation. If a son disappoints his father, you could say that he didn’t live up to his father’s hopes.

American pop singer Madonna has an unusually religious name. In order to live up to it, she would have to be a nun…or the exact opposite of one. If you’ve ever seen a Madonna video, you know which she chose.

Examples

1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

“Walter lives up to all the bad things I’d heard about him and more.”

“The band is getting so much attention that it will be hard for them to live up to everyone’s expectations.”

Winners

1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

to fulfil,
by holly&honey
bahaa_diab 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
by bahaa_diab
nad1a to be or do according to what is expected or promised;in this case, maybe, to measure up to what her name suggests
by nad1a
praedos Is live in consequence with is name.
by praedos
tracyyue72 someone's behavior are fulfill with original expectation or target
by tracyyue72
永恒破灭者 to be as promised
by 永恒破灭者
tainap meet expectations
by tainap
SAEID i think this slang means act according to sth , means madoona was born to be madonna, to reach her name and come up to her role in world
by SAEID
Rasoul.kh To be as good as people expect or hope...
by Rasoul.kh
achieve a standard of a predetermined level
by haitham.mohammad
If someone or something lives up to what they were expected to be, they are as good as they were expected to be.
by efsun.333@hotmail.com
she is so fulfill to her name.
by senior electronics engineer
Sweeta to achieve, to fulfil someone's expectations and to achieve a standard.
by Sweeta
LASBREY to be as good as you said or thought something would be.
by LASBREY
renpeng.cn to live just like the meaning of her name.
by renpeng.cn
Yüksali behave according to expectations.
by Yüksali
do sth to match what you are expected to do
by alexmyx1984
Pavlionka to fulfil an expectation
by Pavlionka
vigoss i think it means that in your name is your destiny :)
by vigoss
Jack1987 "Live up to "means that meet one's expectations and not let somebody down
by Jack1987
Bob Ishida I guess that 'live up to' means some kind of a destiny or fate. That is Madonna has a destiny to become Madonna. Does it make sense?
by Bob Ishida
denis312 The phrase "live up to" here means; she is living accordingly with the significance of her name.
by denis312
Biscuitty "To live up" means that you are as good as was expected, promised. When you deserve it.
by Biscuitty

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king yasser

Yemen

Cry progress your life and improve your skills to day, do not leave it tomorrow because tomorrow might never come and make your self in truth not in dreams because the life will be run away.

04:38 PM Nov 19 2009 |

aryan1083

Turkey

hello

04:29 PM Nov 16 2009 |

maylissa972

Cote D'Ivoire

 hi stephanie me is I want you to know 

01:03 PM Nov 13 2009 |

mr khan

Pakistan

thats really great

07:21 PM Nov 12 2009 |

kas35ya

Egypt

madonna is agreat

07:06 PM Nov 12 2009 |

Reuben Jumbo

Nigeria

Doing or being what’s expected of you by people, authority etc.

02:41 PM Nov 12 2009 |

plasma

plasma

Ukraine

My favourite singer!!!

04:07 PM Jan 19 2009 |

eisan79sunday

Myanmar

“live up to” means is,”people who always believed them-self n to be progress their life by self contro event.Mandonna also..she has to try out to be best in her life by a lot of difficulty.

07:20 PM Apr 30 2008 |

izabelbello

Brazil

Madonna is AWESOME!!!!

06:39 PM Apr 29 2008 |

Ono

Ono

Hungary

oh madonna! :) hah she undoubtedly lived up to her name.

04:10 PM Apr 28 2008 |

becon

Viet Nam

according me. live up to is mean famous. is it true

02:06 AM Apr 25 2008 |

claire208

claire208

Viet Nam

“live up to” means that to behave in the way that people have come to expect of you

02:46 PM Apr 24 2008 |

don don

don don

India

i think (live up to )means just live according to own way and to achieve the goal whatever set by u

01:32 PM Apr 24 2008 |

azerban

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

MY DEARESTS,please begin the new ages.peace ,love,happiness.

11:26 AM Apr 24 2008 |

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