criteria Definition

a standard of judgment or criticism; a rule or principle for evaluating or testing something.

Using criteria: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "criteria" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The criteria for selecting the winner were based on creativity and originality.

  • Example

    The company has strict criteria for hiring new employees.

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    The success of the project will depend on meeting certain criteria.

  • Example

    The scholarship has specific criteria that must be met in order to apply.

criteria Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with criteria

  • selection criteria

    the standards used to evaluate candidates for a job, position, or award


    The selection criteria for the scholarship include academic achievement and community involvement.

  • the requirements that must be met in order to be accepted into a school, program, or institution


    The admission criteria for the university include a minimum GPA and standardized test scores.

  • the factors used to assess the effectiveness or quality of something


    The evaluation criteria for the project include cost, time, and customer satisfaction.

Origins of criteria

from Greek 'kriterion', meaning 'a means of judging'


Summary: criteria in Brief

The term 'criteria' [krahy-teer-ee-uh] refers to a standard or rule used to evaluate or test something. It is often used in the context of hiring, admissions, or project evaluation, as in 'The company has strict criteria for hiring new employees.' 'Criteria' can also be used in phrases like 'selection criteria,' 'admission criteria,' and 'evaluation criteria,' which denote specific standards for different purposes.

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