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noun     bench pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    [countable] a hard seat for two or more people, usually outside in a public place

    a park bench

  2. 2

    the bench

    legal the position of being a judge in a court of law

    She has recently been appointed to the bench (=as a judge).

    1. a.
      the place where the judge sits in a court of law

      The judge told the defense lawyer to approach the bench.

  3. 3
    [countable] a long table used by someone working with tools
  4. 4

    the bench

    a place where people in a sports team sit when they are not playing
  5. 5


    [plural] the seats in the British parliament, and in some other parliaments, where the members sit
  6. 6
    [countable] a long low table in a gym that you lie on in order to do exercises
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