Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “government watchdog”

government watchdog

noun [C]     GOVERNMENT
UK a government organization that makes certain that companies in a particular industry are obeying the law : The energy company is likely to be prosecuted after an investigation being carried out by the government watchdog , the Scottish Environment Protection Agency .
( US also government watchdog group, also government watchdog organization) a group that watches the activities of a particular part of government in order to report illegal acts or problems : The director of Common Cause , a government watchdog group , said the court's action " raises questions of favoritism ." The Civic Federation , a business-backed government watchdog , opposed the budget .
(Definition of government watchdog noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of government watchdog

More Business English definitions for “government watchdog”

Word of the Day

friendship

a situation in which two people are friends

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More