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"bench" in American English

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benchnoun [C]

 us   /bentʃ/
a long seat 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 judges sit in court: Face the bench when you are talking, Mr. Smith.
(Definition of bench from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bench" in British English

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uk   /bentʃ/  us   /bentʃ/
B2 [C] a long, usually hard seat for two or more people, often found in public places: a park bench (= a seat in a public garden) a work bench (= a table for working at)
a long table for working on, for example when you are making something: Most of the work constructing these objects is done at a bench.
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a long table that you lie on to do exercises (= physical activity), for example in a gym
the bench
a seat or area of seats where players sit 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 law court, or the place where he or she sits: Please address your remarks 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 judge takes the bench, he or she begins a formal meeting of a law court.
the benches
in the UK parliament building, 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 sports game or playground activity, as a punishment or because they are injured: The coach benched his star pitcher for skipping practice.
to BROKEN! : He looks like he could bench 400 pounds.
(Definition of bench from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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