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watchdog

noun watch·dog \ ˈwäch-ˌdȯg , ˈwȯch- \
|Updated on: 13 Aug 2018

Definition of watchdog

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

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First Known Use of watchdog

1612

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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watchdog

verb

Definition of watchdog

watchdogged; watchdogging; watchdogs
: to act as a watchdog for

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First Known Use of watchdog

1902

in the meaning defined above

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WATCHDOG Defined for English Language Learners

watchdog

Definition of watchdog for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

watchdog

noun watch·dog \ ˈwäch-ˌdȯg \

Definition of watchdog for Students

: a dog kept to guard property


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