verb (used with or without object)

to perform a bench press with (a weight): He is small but can bench-press more than 400 pounds.

Nearby words

  1. bench strength,
  2. bench table,
  3. bench warrant,
  4. bench work,
  5. bench-made,
  6. bench-warmer,
  7. bencher,
  8. benching iron,
  9. benchley,
  10. benchley, robert charles

bench press


a weightlifting exercise in which one lies supine on a bench and with both hands pushes a barbell or fixed weight upward from chest level to arm's length and then lowers it back to chest level: usually repeated in sets.
one complete repetition of this exercise.
this exercise as an event in weightlifting competition.

Origin of bench press

First recorded in 1975–80 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bench-press

bench press


a weight-training exercise in which a person lies on a bench and pushes a barbell upwards with both hands from chest level until the arms are straight, then lowers it again

verb bench-press

(intr) to carry out one or more bench presses
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