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Definition of benchmark noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

benchmark

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noun
BrE BrE//ˈbentʃmɑːk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbentʃmɑːrk//
 
 
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something that can be measured and used as a standard that other things can be compared with Tests at the age of seven provide a benchmark against which the child's progress at school can be measured.Extra examples It sets a benchmark for future improvements. Tests at the age of seven provide a benchmark against which the child’s progress at school can be measured. The German recycling system is seen as a benchmark for schemes throughout Europe. The central bank has cut its benchmark interest rate four times.
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