watchdog

noun
watch·​dog | \ ˈwäch-ˌdȯg How to pronounce watchdog (audio) , ˈwȯch-\

Definition of watchdog

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a dog kept to guard property
2 : one that guards against loss, waste, theft, or undesirable practices

watchdog

verb
watchdogged; watchdogging; watchdogs

Definition of watchdog (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to act as a watchdog for

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That’s what happens when Oregon election watchdogs investigate potential violations of campaign laws -- the rules that govern the running of races and the spending of tens of millions of dollars seeking to wield influence. oregonlive, "Case Closed: In Oregon campaign investigations, ‘I did not’ is all it takes," 17 Sep. 2019 The lawsuit was filed by Douglas Carlson, a postal customer and watchdog who made one of 34 comments to the commission when the rate hike was proposed. chicagotribune.com, "The Postal Service has been charging 55 cents for first-class mail since January. But an appeals court just rejected that price hike.," 16 Sep. 2019 Budget watchdogs warn that the winner of the 2020 presidential election won't have much budget headroom to work with, constraining their ability to launch new programs and fulfill campaign promises. Charles Riley, CNN, "WeWork chooses the Nasdaq for its IPO," 13 Sep. 2019 More often, European rules are transposed into each country’s law and applied by national watchdogs. The Economist, "The economic policy at the heart of Europe is creaking," 12 Sep. 2019 The United Nations’ atomic watchdog is confirming Iran is moving ahead with preparations to start using more advanced centrifuges, in breach of limitations set in the unraveling 2015 nuclear deal with major powers. BostonGlobe.com, "A centrifuge enriches uranium by spinning uranium hexafluoride gas. Under the atomic accord, Iran’s currently limited to operating 5,060 older IR-1 centrifuges.," 10 Sep. 2019 Should the nation’s premier consumer watchdog be participating in what is, at heart, a scam? Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Did the FTC mislead consumers about its Equifax data breach settlement? Yes!," 10 Sep. 2019 The incident emphasizes what industry watchdogs and even Tesla itself has said before: Autopilot isn’t a self-driving technology. Wired, "Feds Say Tesla Autopilot Is Partly to Blame for a 2018 Crash," 4 Sep. 2019 Kat Stafford is the Detroit government watchdog reporter for the Free Press, covering city issues and the community, and an Ida B. Wells investigative fellow with Type Investigations. Kat Stafford, Detroit Free Press, "Chained and neglected: Detroit's dog problem persists despite child deaths," 28 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Celeb watchdog the Shade Room captured the entire interaction, which went down in the comments section of a post partially showing the album's track list. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Claps Back at Fan Who Accused Her of Cheating on Mac Miller With Pete Davidson," 9 Aug. 2018 The council meeting followed last week's 82-24 vote by OPCW member nations giving the international chemical weapons watchdog the authority to determine blame for chemical attacks for the first time, over strong objections from Russia and Syria. Fox News, "UN members: Syria not answering chemical weapons questions," 3 July 2018 Get all the local news, sports, things to do and watchdog reporting from Cincinnati.com and The Enquirer with an unlimited digital access subscription. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "First month free: Subscribe to unlimited digital access to Cincinnati.com," 19 Mar. 2018 The environmental community will be able to watchdog any facility on Earth. John Fialka, Scientific American, "Meet the Satellites that Can Pinpoint Methane and Carbon Dioxide Leaks," 9 Mar. 2018 The three-member board of commissioners that is supposed to watchdog our tax dollars and act as Zimmerman's boss has boosted his pay by more than 60 percent since he was hired in 2010. Mark Naymik, cleveland.com, "Metroparks CEO gets raise, new contract and converts vacation days to cash: Mark Naymik," 8 Jan. 2018 In a statement, Peter Starzynski, executive director of the Northwest Accountability Project, which bills itself as a nonprofit that watchdogs right-leaning organizations, lauded the decision. Joseph O’sullivan, The Seattle Times, "Campaign-finance case against the Freedom Foundation is sent to AG’s office," 29 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of watchdog

Noun

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1902, in the meaning defined above

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watchdog

noun

English Language Learners Definition of watchdog

: a dog that is trained to guard a place
: a person or organization that makes sure that companies, governments, etc., are not doing anything illegal or wrong

watchdog

noun
watch·​dog | \ ˈwäch-ˌdȯg How to pronounce watchdog (audio) \

Kids Definition of watchdog

: a dog kept to guard property

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