bench Definition

  • 1a long seat for two or more people, typically made of wood or stone
  • 2a flat surface for working on, especially in a workshop
  • 3a judge or magistrate in a court of law

Using bench: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "bench" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The park bench was occupied by an old man.

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    She sat on the bench waiting for her friend.

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    The carpenter worked on the bench all day.

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    The case was brought before the bench for a ruling.

bench Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for bench

Phrases with bench

  • not actively participating in a game or activity, usually referring to sports


    He's been on the bench for most of the season.

  • to sit down on a bench


    Let's take a bench and enjoy the view.

  • a weightlifting exercise in which a person lies on a bench and pushes a barbell upwards from the chest


    He can bench press twice his body weight.

Origins of bench

from Old English 'benc', meaning 'long seat'


Summary: bench in Brief

The term 'bench' [bɛnʧ] refers to a long seat made of wood or stone, a flat surface for working, or a judge in a court of law. It is commonly used in phrases like 'on the bench,' meaning not actively participating, and 'take a bench,' meaning to sit down. 'Bench press' is a weightlifting exercise that involves pushing a barbell upwards from the chest.

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