I usually see 'satisfy the criteria' and 'meet the requirements', but is it acceptable to use 'meet the criteria', or 'satisfy the requirements'?


The Oxford Collocations Dictionary says the following:

VERB+criterion: fit, fulfill, meet, satisfy. The Macmillan Collocations Dictionary gives one more verb, "match".

VERB+requirement: comply with, fit, fulfill, match, meet, satisfy, suit. The Macmillan Collocations Dictionary gives three more verbs, "achieve", "adhere to", "conform to".

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    I was unaware of that resource. Thanks for the answer. – Superstringcheese May 10 '12 at 15:42

I see no problem with using either of the proposed phases. In fact, I think I almost prefer meet the criteria and satisfy the requirements.


Google NGram says that both those phrases are in common use, so I guess the answer is yes.


I would add the four options mentioned at the question to compare also the frequency of the expressions, not only if they exist. Google Ngram Viewer is a great resource :) ngram viewer plot

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