benchmark definition, meaning - what is benchmark in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “benchmark”

See all translations

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 a benchmarking system to help consumers
Translations of “benchmark”
in Chinese (Traditional) 基準(點)…
in Russian эталон…
in Turkish kalite seviyesi…
in Chinese (Simplified) 基准(点)…
in Polish standard…
(Definition of benchmark from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of benchmark?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “benchmark” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

cup tie

a game between two teams trying to win a cup (= prize), especially in football

Word of the Day

What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

by Kate Woodford,
May 20, 2015
​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

Read More 

ancestral health noun

May 25, 2015
diet based on the presumed diet of our Palaeolithic ancestors ‘Ancestral health,’ to use a term popular among Paleo followers, has gone mass.

Read More