noun spon·sor \ˈspän(t)-sər\

: a person or organization that pays the cost of an activity or event (such as a radio or television program, sports event, concert, etc.) in return for the right to advertise during the activity or event

: a person or organization that gives someone money for participating in a charity event (such as a walk or race)

: an organization that gives money to an athlete for training, clothes, equipment, etc., in return for the right to use the athlete for advertising

Full Definition of SPONSOR

:  one who presents a candidate for baptism or confirmation and undertakes responsibility for the person's religious education or spiritual welfare
:  one who assumes responsibility for some other person or thing
:  a person or an organization that pays for or plans and carries out a project or activity; especially :  one that pays the cost of a radio or television program usually in return for advertising time during its course
spon·so·ri·al \spän-ˈsr-ē-əl\ adjective
spon·sor·ship \ˈspän(t)-sər-ˌship\ noun

Examples of SPONSOR

  1. Our company is a sponsor of the race.
  2. I have over 50 sponsors for next week's race.
  3. Her sponsors include a major sneaker company.
  4. He agreed to be my sponsor so that I could join the club.
  5. The senator is a sponsor of the proposed bill.

Origin of SPONSOR

Late Latin, from Latin, guarantor, surety, from spondēre to promise — more at spouse
First Known Use: 1651

Other Broadcasting Terms

continuity, dissolve, fade, feed, remote, residual, spike, wipe


transitive verb

: to be a sponsor for (something or someone)

spon·soredspon·sor·ing \ˈspän(t)s-(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of SPONSOR

:  to be or stand sponsor for

Examples of SPONSOR

  1. The radio station sponsored the concert.
  2. The tournament is sponsored by local businesses.
  3. Will you sponsor me for the charity race?
  4. He sponsored me at my confirmation.
  5. She sponsored the new tax bill.

First Known Use of SPONSOR



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