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News Words: Watchdog

A watch dog

The BBC's Clare Arthurs looks at some of the words and phrases often used in the news and their meanings in various contexts.

This week: watchdog


Clare Arthurs on: watchdog

Related vocabulary

to regulate

to control an industry by using rules

The US Treasury has revealed tough new rules to regulate the financial sector. (BBC News)

to oversee

to watch or check something to make sure it behaves properly and does what it is supposed to do

Volunteers are to oversee the use of closed circuit television (CCTV) by a police force. (BBC News)

a monitor

an organisation or person who checks that something is being done fairly and correctly

The complaints emerging about fraud in the Afghan presidential and provincial elections have thrust the role of international election monitors into the spotlight. (BBC News)


behaviour or action that is illegal

Two ex-ministers deny wrongdoing over reports they were prepared to use government contacts to help a lobbying firm. (BBC News)

A challenge for you

Are institutions and organisations in your country supervised by effective watchdogs?

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