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

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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 ​stadiumsites. not standard Is ​height a criteria for ​hiringpoliceofficers? 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   us   /kraɪˈtɪəriən/ (plural criteria)
a ​standard by which you ​judge, decide about, or ​deal with something: Pay is a very important criterion forjobsatisfaction. 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)
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