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benchmark

noun [C] uk   /ˈbentʃ.mɑːk/ us    /-mɑːrk/
a level of quality that can be used as a standard when comparing other things: Her outstanding performances set a new benchmark for singers throughout the world.
benchmark
adjective uk   us  
a benchmark case

benchmark

verb [T] uk   /ˈbentʃ.mɑːk/ us    /-mɑːrk/
to measure the quality of something by comparing it with something else of an accepted standard: His reports said that all schools should be benchmarked against the best.
benchmarking
noun [U] uk   /ˈbentʃˌmɑː.kɪŋ/ us    /-ˌmɑːr-/
rigorous benchmarking of research performance The government is planning to launch a benchmarking system to guide consumers.
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