Meaning of CRITERION in English


cri ‧ te ‧ ri ‧ on W2 AC /kraɪˈtɪəriən $ -ˈtɪr-/ BrE AmE noun ( plural criteria /-riə/) [countable usually plural]

[ Date: 1600-1700 ; Language: Greek ; Origin: kriterion , from krinein 'to judge, decide' ]

a standard that you use to judge something or make a decision about something:

the criteria we use to select candidates

criterion for

the criteria for measuring how good schools are

Academic ability is not the sole criterion for admission to the college.

a universal set of criteria for diagnosing patients

meet/satisfy/fulfil criteria

To qualify for a grant, students must satisfy certain criteria.

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■ verbs

▪ meet/satisfy/fulfil the criteria

Does your experience meet the criteria for the job?

▪ use criteria

What criteria do we use to decide whether one book is better than another?

▪ apply criteria (=use them)

There are certain criteria you should apply when buying a computer.

▪ be based on criteria

Normal child development is based upon certain criteria.

▪ establish the criteria for something

Management establishes the criteria for each project.

■ adjectives

▪ the main criterion

You need to decide on your main criteria before you buy a house.

▪ the sole criterion (=the only one)

Examination results are still seen as the sole criterion of success in education.

▪ a strict criterion (=very exact)

All the cars must meet strict criteria, and are tested by our mechanics.

▪ academic/political/environmental etc criteria

The winning product must satisfy a range of environmental criteria.

▪ an objective criterion (=that is based on fact and not opinion)

The label of 'carer' was defined by the objective criterion of someone who spends more than seven hours looking after someone.

■ phrases

▪ a set of criteria

Doctors use an established set of criteria for making a diagnosis.

▪ a list of criteria

There’s a list of criteria that you must meet in order to pass your driving test.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.