sponsor

noun
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

sponsor

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

Definition of sponsor (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to be or stand sponsor for

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Other Words from sponsor

Noun

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

Synonyms for sponsor

Synonyms: Noun

backer, guarantor, patron, surety

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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

The bill’s sponsors in the Senate, Thom Tillis (R–NC) and Chris Coons (D–DE), have described it as a way to restore incentives for U.S. innovation by making the process for protecting new inventions more predictable. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Controversial U.S. bill would lift Supreme Court ban on patenting human genes," 4 June 2019 The designer was then called back to the stage shortly after to accept his menswear designer award, picking up another 200,000AUD to invest into his business along with a mentor and a retail sponsor for his collection. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Edward Crutchley and Colovos Take Home the 2019 Woolmark Prizes," 18 Feb. 2019 Medicare-for-all is quickly becoming orthodoxy among many in the party’s progressive grassroots, and a single-payer bill proposed this Congress in the House (similar to the one offered by Bernie Sanders over in the Senate) has 123 sponsors. Dylan Scott, Vox, "What the new Democratic House majority might actually pass on health care," 7 Nov. 2018 The bill is similar to one introduced earlier this month by Rep. Bobby Rush, Democratic congressman from Ill., which has 35 co-sponsors from the Congressional Black Caucus. Anne Branigin, The Root, "Three Black Senators Introduce Bill to Make Lynching a Federal Hate Crime," 30 June 2018 Notably, the Center attracts a more corporate crowd than many other LGBTQ charities and counts Google, Goldman Sachs, Bloomberg, McKinsey & Company, Bank of America, Citi, and BNY Mellon among their sponsors. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Lena Waithe and Don Lemon Are Honored at the Center’s Annual Dinner," 19 Apr. 2019 Not a single senator voted to bring the proposal to the floor, including its chief sponsor, Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Ed Markey. Steve Milloy, WSJ, "The Case for a Green ‘No Deal’," 11 Apr. 2019 Truex stayed in contention until the final laps in a season where one of his top sponsors abandoned him and his team was set to go out of business. Dan Gelston, The Seattle Times, "Truex makes move to Joe Gibbs Racing with championship goal," 11 Feb. 2019 According to The New York Times, Ryan is a co-sponsor on Representative Pramila Jayapal’s (D-WA) Medicare for All legislation. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Cardi B Said She Hates Donald Trump and Might Support Bernie Sanders in 2020," 16 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The measures were originally pushed in a stand-alone bill sponsored by state Sen. Jacqueline Collins, D-Chicago, but later tucked into the massive budget bill that lawmakers passed Sunday. Joe Mahr, chicagotribune.com, "Understaffed nursing homes face hefty fines under newly passed Illinois legislation," 4 June 2019 The bill, sponsored by Mr. McConnell and Sen. Tim Kaine (D., Va.), is aimed at curbing electronic cigarette use, or vaping, among U.S. teenagers. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "McConnell Pushes to Raise Age for Tobacco Purchases," 20 May 2019 Although a fair amount of her content is sponsored, much of it isn’t. Alison S. Cohn, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chiara Ferragni's Secret to Winning on Social Media," 18 Apr. 2019 Some video creators are loath to disclose clearly that their YouTube videos are sponsored. Mark Bergen, The Seattle Times, "Kidfluencers’ rampant YouTube marketing creates minefield for Google," 24 Mar. 2019 The expansion bill sponsored by Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown, who vetoed a similar proposal in 2016, one that Ting filed following a mass shooting in San Bernardino, the Huffington Post reported. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "California bill to expand gun-takeaway law advances to governor's desk," 31 Aug. 2018 State legislators this session failed to pass a bill sponsored by Rep. André Jacque (R-De Pere) that would have banned University of Wisconsin System employees from performing abortions. Max Bayer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The sides in Wisconsin abortion debate see trouble or hope in Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination," 10 July 2018 Now the council is considering a bill sponsored by Councilman Ryan Dorsey that would substitute more flexible guidelines for the International Fire Code, which requires 20- and 26-foot street clearances for fire access. Luke Broadwater, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore City Council examines allegations of bullying, intimidation of bicyclists by fire officials," 3 July 2018 In the Senate, all Democrats have signed onto a bill sponsored by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein that would prohibit family separations within 100 miles of the U.S. border except special circumstances, such as abuse or neglect of the children. Eliza Collins, USA TODAY, "Head of GOP campaign committee calls on Trump to stop separating children from parents," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of sponsor

Noun

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1869, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sponsor

Noun

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

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sponsor

noun

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

sponsor

verb

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

: to be a sponsor for (something or someone)

sponsor

noun
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

sponsor

verb
sponsored; sponsoring

Kids Definition of sponsor (Entry 2 of 2)

: to act as sponsor for

sponsor

noun
spon·​sor

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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