Meaning of “criterion” in the English Dictionary

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"criterion" in British English

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criterionnoun [ C ]

uk /kraɪˈtɪə.ri.ən/ us /kraɪˈtɪr.i.ən/ plural criteria uk /-ri.ə / us /-ˈtɪr.i.ə /

C1 a standard by which you judge, decide about, or deal with something:

The Health Service should not be judged by financial criteria alone.

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  • Patients can now be compulsorily detained in hospital only under tightly drawn criteria.
  • The Health Service should not be judged by financial criteria alone.
  • We're looking for a very specific sort of person and this woman seems to fulfil all of our criteria.
  • More specific and less subjective criteria should be used in selecting people for promotion within the company.

(Definition of “criterion” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"criterion" in American English

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criterionnoun [ C ]

us /krɑɪˈtɪər·i·ən/ plural criteria /krɑɪˈtɪər·i·ə/ not standard criteria, /krɑɪˈtɪr·i·ə/

a condition or fact used as a standard by which something can be judged or considered:

Eight criteria will be used to select new stadium sites.
not standard Is height a criteria for hiring police officers?
Note: The use of criteria as a singular noun is common, esp. in speech.

(Definition of “criterion” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"criterion" in Business English

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criterionnoun [ C ]

uk /kraɪˈtɪəriən/ us plural criteria

a standard by which you judge, decide about, or deal with something:

Pay is a very important criterion for job satisfaction.
When employing new staff, you need to be very clear about your selection criteria.
As rates go up we will naturally tighten our lending criteria.

(Definition of “criterion” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)