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noun British English pronunciation: bench /bentʃ/ 
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singularbench
pluralbenches
  1. 6

    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 defence lawyer to approach the bench.

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