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

Diet Prada, the social media watchdogs of the fashion industry, posted screenshots of an exchange that appeared to be between Gabbana and model Michaela Tranova. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Dolce & Gabbana founders apologize for stereotype-filled Chinese marketing campaign," 23 Nov. 2018 Facebook is appealing the £500,000 fine levied by the UK’s data watchdog over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the social network has confirmed. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Facebook to appeal UK regulator’s Cambridge Analytica fine," 21 Nov. 2018 The federal watchdog has announced only one major enforcement effort since Trump named Mulvaney the bureau's acting director last fall. Kevin Mccoy, USA TODAY, "Trump consumer chief Mick Mulvaney ousts Obama-era advisory panel members," 7 June 2018 Hayes could be on the hook for as much as $110,000 in penalties if the ethics watchdog were to impose the maximum fine of $5,000 per violation. Hillary Borrud, OregonLive.com, "Cylvia Hayes negotiating fines for ethics violations," 6 June 2018 Trump is the first modern U.S. leader to maintain ownership and control over his private enterprises while in office, sparking concerns from ethics watchdogs. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump arrives in Scotland for weekend at golf course," 13 July 2018 The Strzok-Page messages were uncovered as part of an investigation by the Justice Department watchdog into how the FBI handled the Clinton email probe. Mike Memoli /, NBC News, "Facing intense GOP criticism, FBI's Strzok says personal views didn't impact decisions," 12 July 2018 That probe is still ongoing, but the watchdog released a progress report on Wednesday, plus a separate report containing recommendations about the issue of personal information and political influence. David Meyer, Fortune, "Facebook Is Getting Its First Big Fine Over the Cambridge Analytica Scandal," 11 July 2018 Some 20,000 civilians had begun returning to their homes on Friday evening, according to the pro-opposition watchdog the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Nabih Bulos, latimes.com, "Rebels surrender southern Syrian enclave, handing Assad another major victory," 7 July 2018

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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