Meaning of “watchdog” in the English Dictionary

"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)

watchdog noun [ C ] (DOG)

(Definition of “watchdog” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"watchdog" in Business English

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watchdognoun [ C ]

uk /ˈwɒtʃdɒɡ/ us SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

an official organization 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 government created an independent watchdog to monitor the rising overseas aid budget.
a competition/market watchdog
a pollution/safety watchdog

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