watchdog

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EtymologyEdit

watch +‎ dog

NounEdit

watchdog (plural watchdogs)

  1. a guard dog
  2. An individual or group that monitors the activities of another entity (such as an individual, corporation, non-profit group, or governmental organization) on behalf of the public to ensure that entity does not behave illegally or unethically.
    • 2020 May 20, “Network News: Watchdogs say clear guidance needed to reassure passengers”, in Rail, page 9:
      Governments must "outline how they will reassure passengers that it will be as safe as possible to travel by public transport", according to industry watchdogs Transport Focus and London TravelWatch.

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watchdog (third-person singular simple present watchdogs, present participle watchdogging, simple past and past participle watchdogged)

  1. To perform a function analogous to that of a watchdog; to guard and warn.
  2. (electronics) To be continuously reset by a watchdog timer.

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