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benchnoun

uk   /bentʃ/  us   /bentʃ/
B2 [C] a ​long, usually hard ​seat for two or more ​people, often ​found in ​publicplaces: a park bench (= a ​seat in a ​publicgarden) a work bench (= a ​table for ​working at)
a ​longtable for ​working on, for ​example when you are making something: Most of the ​workconstructing these ​objects is done at a bench.
See also
a ​longtable that you ​lie on to do exercises (= ​physicalactivity), for ​example in a gym
the bench
a ​seat or ​area of ​seats where ​playerssit during a ​game when they are not ​playing: He was ​injured, and ​spent the last few ​weeks of the ​season on the bench.
the ​judge or ​magistrate in a ​lawcourt, or the ​place where he or she ​sits: Please ​addressyourremarks to the bench, Mr Smith.
serve/sit/be on the bench
to ​work as a ​judge or ​magistrate
take the bench US
to ​become a ​judge
If a ​judgetakes the bench, he or she ​begins a ​formalmeeting of a ​lawcourt.
the benches
in the UK ​parliamentbuilding, the ​seats used by the ​members: There was ​jeering from the ​Labour benches.

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benchverb [T]

uk   /bentʃ/  us   /bentʃ/
US to not ​allow someone to take ​part in a ​sportsgame or ​playgroundactivity, as a ​punishment or because they are ​injured: The ​coach benched his ​starpitcher for ​skippingpractice.
to BROKEN! : He ​looks like he could bench 400 ​pounds.
(Definition of bench from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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benchnoun [C]

 us   /bentʃ/
a ​longseat for two or more ​people, often of ​wood and usually used ​outside: a ​park bench
The bench is a ​court of ​law, or the ​place where a ​judge or ​judgessit in ​court: Face the bench when you are ​talking, Mr. Smith.
(Definition of bench from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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