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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theymatch up
he/she/itmatches up
present participlematching up
past tensematched up
past participlematched up
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] if one thing matches up with another, or if they match up, they are the same or have similar qualities

    Information received from the two informants didn’t match up.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to find someone or something that forms the right combination with someone or something else

      You have to match up the inventor to the invention.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] match up to someone/something to be as good as someone or something

    The British sci-fi film has never matched up to its American counterpart.

    match up to expectations:

    His performance has not matched up to expectations.

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