1. 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.
2. one complete repetition of this exercise.
3. this exercise as an event in weightlifting competition.
Pronunciation: (bench'pres"),[key] —v.t., v.i. to perform a bench press with (a weight): He is small but can bench-press more than 400 pounds.