spon·​sor | \ ˈspän(t)-sər How to pronounce sponsor (audio) \

Definition of sponsor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one who presents a candidate for baptism or confirmation and undertakes responsibility for the person's religious education or spiritual welfare
2 : one who assumes responsibility for some other person or thing
3 : 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


sponsored; sponsoring\ ˈspän(t)s-​(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce sponsor (audio) \

Definition of sponsor (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to be or stand sponsor for

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Other Words from sponsor


sponsorial \ spän-​ˈsȯr-​ē-​əl How to pronounce sponsor (audio) \ adjective
sponsorship \ ˈspän(t)-​sər-​ˌship How to pronounce sponsor (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for sponsor

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of sponsor in a Sentence

Noun Our company is a sponsor of the race. I have over 50 sponsors for next week's race. Her sponsors include a major sneaker company. He agreed to be my sponsor so that I could join the club. The senator is a sponsor of the proposed bill. Verb The radio station sponsored the concert. The tournament is sponsored by local businesses. Will you sponsor me for the charity race? He sponsored me at my confirmation. She sponsored the new tax bill.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Typically, candidates for sainthood have a sponsor who provides advocacy and fundraising. NBC News, 11 Sep. 2021 Here’s how our team prepared to be a proactive virtual event sponsor. Jennifer Best, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 Each has a community sponsor and a charity attached. Susan Dunne, courant.com, 30 Aug. 2021 Mayer’s car has lacked a primary sponsor for three of the six races and carried primary sponsorship from his father’s company, QPS Employment Group, for two. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 Aug. 2021 State Farm first became a sponsor of the Overwatch League in 2019. Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2021 Muhammad, now 31 and a late bloomer who didn't have a sponsor or a spot at the London Olympics in 2012, was better. Eddie Pells, ajc, 4 Aug. 2021 The signage bill's sponsor said people could file lawsuits or district attorneys could ask a judge to force businesses to comply. Jonathan Mattise, Star Tribune, 23 May 2021 The bill's sponsor, Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., said legislative language could be finalized by May 25, the anniversary of Floyd's death. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, 4 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Participants can raise community funds to sponsor their participation or sign up the day of. Rose Wagner, baltimoresun.com, 8 Sep. 2021 Another distinctive in its model is brands can sponsor activities and activations in its locations. Pamela N. Danziger, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 Mulligan’s will sell alcoholic beverages and sponsor the wing-eating contest. cleveland, 3 Sep. 2021 For tickets or to sponsor, call Bill Navrides at (619) 740-4316. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Aug. 2021 Supporters of the café are able to make donations to sponsor the cats' travel and sign up to be feline foster parents. Grace Mcdermott, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 Aug. 2021 The central government helps fund the city’s pro-Beijing parties, which partner with business tycoons to sponsor social welfare groups or even establish new ones, scholars have shown. New York Times, 8 Aug. 2021 Security experts say the military and security ministry also sponsor hackers outside the government. NBC News, 20 July 2021 The Illinois High School Association didn’t sponsor a postseason due to the coronavirus pandemic. Gregg Voss, chicagotribune.com, 26 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of sponsor


1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1869, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sponsor


Late Latin, from Latin, guarantor, surety, from spondēre to promise — more at spouse

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The first known use of sponsor was in 1651

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“Sponsor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sponsor. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sponsor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of sponsor (Entry 2 of 2)

: to be a sponsor for (something or someone)


spon·​sor | \ ˈspän-sər How to pronounce sponsor (audio) \

Kids Definition of sponsor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person who takes the responsibility for some other person or thing
2 : a person who represents someone being baptized and takes responsibility for his or her spiritual development : godparent
3 : a person or an organization that pays for or plans and carries out a project or activity
4 : a person who gives money to someone participating in an event for charity
5 : a person or an organization that pays the cost of a radio or television program

Other Words from sponsor

sponsorship \ -​ˌship \ noun


sponsored; sponsoring

Kids Definition of sponsor (Entry 2 of 2)

: to act as sponsor for



Legal Definition of sponsor

1 : a legislator who introduces and supports a legislative proposal (as a bill or amendment)
2 : a person who assumes responsibility for some other person (as an immigrant) or thing
3a : one that securitizes assets
b : one that promotes, advocates, or favors a business venture (as investment in a security or limited partnership)

Other Words from sponsor

sponsor verb
sponsorship noun

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