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American English: /bɛn(t)ʃ/
British English: /bɛn(t)ʃ/

Translation of bench in Spanish:


  • 2 2.1 (Law)the bench o the Bench
    (judges collectively)
    la judicatura
    el tribunal
    to be raised to the bench (British English)
    ser nombrado juez or magistrado
    to speak from the bench
    hablar desde el estrado
    to appear before the bench
    comparecer ante el tribunal
    also: benches plural
    (British English) (seat in Parliament) See examples:the government/opposition benches
    los escaños or (River Plate area) la bancada or (Chile) la banca del gobierno/de la oposición
    see alsoback benches, → front bench
    Example sentences
    • You know I always wonder about the kind of people who sit on these judges benches and pass judgment over people.
    • The mock-up design featured access by ramps to all raised spaces, including the judge's bench, witness stand, jury box, and clerk stations.
    • In an unprecedented move Magistrate Nicholas got up from the bench and sat at the bar table with the witness and the accused.
    Example sentences
    • Scotland's Lord Justice General recently presided over the bench of five senior judges who heard and ruled on the Lockerbie appeal.
    • Another bench of Magistrates may, reasonable and rationally, have reached the decision that the appeal should have been dismissed.
    • The sessions will take place at Bradford Magistrates Court in front of a specialised bench of magistrates and a prosecutor, who will be experts in ASBOs.
  • 3 (Sport)the bench
    el banquillo or (in Latin America also) la banca
    Example sentences
    • When a timeout is called, players stroll to the bench and coaches hustle to huddle.
    • The next season, he was back on the field as the bench coach for new Cleveland manager.
    • First-choice half back Sean Long endured a nightmare first half at the JJB and should be relegated to the bench when coach David Waite names his side today.

transitive verb

  • (especially American English)
    mandar al banquillo or (in Latin America also) a la banca

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