Meaning of “watch list” in the English Dictionary

"watch list" in Business English

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watch listnoun [ C ]


a list of companies, investments, etc. whose activity is being closely followed, for example because there may be problems in the future:

The fund appears on a watch list of investments.
place/put sth on a watch list

a list of companies, people, etc. whose activity is being closely examined to check that they are not doing something illegal:

an FBI/terrorist watch list A passenger was ordered off the flight because his name appeared on the FBI's watch list.

(Definition of “watch list” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)