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"watchdog" in British English

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watchdognoun [C]

uk   /ˈwɒtʃ.dɒɡ/  us   /ˈwɑːtʃ.dɑːɡ/
(Definition of watchdog from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"watchdog" in American English

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watchdognoun [C]

 us   /ˈwɑtʃˌdɔɡ, ˈwɔtʃ-/
  • watchdog noun [C] (ORGANIZATION)

a ​person or ​organizationresponsible for making ​certain that ​companies or other ​organizationsmaintainstandards and do not ​actillegally: a watchdog ​agency/​organization
  • watchdog noun [C] (DOG)

a ​dogtrained to ​protect a ​place
(Definition of watchdog from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"watchdog" in Business English

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watchdognoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈwɒtʃdɒɡ/ SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
an ​officialorganization that is ​responsible for ​checking that ​companies obey particular ​rules and ​laws so that the ​standard of the ​products or ​services they ​provide is acceptable: government/independent/official watchdog The ​governmentcreated an ​independent watchdog to ​monitor the ​risingoverseasaidbudget. a competition/​market watchdog a pollution/​safety watchdog a watchdog ​agency/​group/​organization
(Definition of watchdog from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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