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.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to perform a bench press with (a weight):
He is small but can bench-press more than 400 pounds.