I. noun Date: circa 1842 1. (usually bench mark) a mark on a permanent object indicating elevation and serving as a reference in topographic surveys and tidal observations 2. a. a point of reference from which measurements may be made b. something that serves as a standard by which others may be measured or judged c. a standardized problem or test that serves as a basis for evaluation or comparison (as of computer system performance) II. transitive verb Date: 1972 to study (as a competitor's product or business practices) in order to improve the performance of one's own company

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