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noun     bench pronunciation in British 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
    [countable] a long table used by someone working with tools
  3. 3
    [countable] a long low table in a gym that you lie on in order to do exercises
  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. The people with the most important positions in their party sit on the front benches and the less important members on the back benches
  6. 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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