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Definition of "benchmark" []

  • A standard by which something can be measured or judged: "Inflation . . . is a great distorter of seemingly fixed economic ideas and benchmarks” ( Benjamin M. Friedman). See Synonyms at standard. (noun)
  • A surveyor's mark made on a stationary object of previously determined position and elevation and used as a reference point in tidal observations and surveys. (noun)
  • To measure (a rival's product) according to specified standards in order to compare it with and improve one's own product. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "benchmark" in a sentence
  • "Furthermore, civil society contends that this benchmark is arbitrary, in that the fiscal and developmental impacts of extractives projects "occur irrespective of the size of a country's total revenues.""
  • "If sea levels rise, the benchmark is their levels now."
  • "Champions League above all - and try to emulate what he called the "benchmark of modern football" in terms of the attractive, progressive game they play in Barcelona."