sponsor

noun
spon·sor | \ ˈspän(t)-sər \

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 \

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 \ adjective
sponsorship \ˈspän(t)-sər-ˌship \ 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

Amid the change, Walker Racing lost Aussie Vineyards, its sponsor for Will’s car. Chapel Fowler, charlotteobserver, "In 2008, Will Power didn’t have a ride. He’s now the first N.C.-based Indy 500 winner.," 12 July 2018 Li, 36, has retained almost all her sponsors from during her playing career. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "Years After Retiring, Li Na Wields Major Influence in Tennis," 12 July 2018 Thanks to all to my sponsors who appreciate what’s important in life and all my fans for being Awesome! Washington Post, "World Cup players juggle national team and fatherhood," 2 July 2018 For more than two decades, a state law known as the Robbins bill — named for its sponsor, former state Sen. Alan Robbins — banned above-ground rail through North Hollywood and Van Nuys. Laura J. Nelson, latimes.com, "The Valley will get light rail: Metro board approves north-south line along Van Nuys Boulevard," 28 June 2018 Successful Olympians have a proven track record of making money for their sponsors in the U.S. Brandon Folsom, Detroit Free Press, "Can latest Claressa Shields fight grow women's boxing in popularity?," 22 June 2018 The agency found that 6,075 children were still living with their sponsor, 28 had run away, five had been deported and 52 were living with someone else. Abigail Abrams, Time, "Did the Trump Administration Lose Immigrant Children?," 31 May 2018 Seven of the 20 official World Cup sponsors are Chinese companies, including property developer Wanda Group, which signed on as a FIFA partner, the highest level of sponsorship. Kevin Draper, New York Times, "The World Cup Final’s Unconventional Start Time," 13 July 2018 It is funded with the help of community sponsors Alaska Airlines, CenturyLink, Kemper Development Co., PEMCO Mutual Insurance Company, Sabey Corp., Seattle Children’s hospital and Ste. Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times, "Revive I-5: Why you see traffic barrels blocking a lane even when there’s no active construction," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In an audio recording obtained by watchdog group Documented and shared with E&E News, Interior energy adviser Vincent DeVito detailed his courtship of energy companies at an event sponsored by Americans for Prosperity. Zack Colman, Scientific American, "A Trump Oil Boom Could Transform This Rocky Mountain Landscape," 13 July 2018 Women’s participation in conflict prevention and resolution often helps ensure success; agreements that include women and civil-society groups are 64% less likely to fail than those that do not, according to a U.N.-sponsored study. James Stavridis, Time, "Democracy Isn't Perfect, But It Will Still Prevail," 12 July 2018 Please spread the word by sharing, re-posting, and/or re-tweeting this post and send any information regarding the fake news websites or sponsored ads to reporting@magnoliamarket.com. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Good Morning America' Host Lara Spencer Warns Fans of Popular Scam Using Her Name," 10 July 2018 Co-sponsored by Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, the measure was included in the Senate version of the latest farm bill reauthorization, which passed the Senate Agriculture Committee on June 13. William L. Spence, idahostatesman, "Congress has moved to OK this once-controversial crop, and Idaho could benefit bigtime," 4 July 2018 Dershowitz’s goes on to compare his ostracism to McCarthyism, the government sponsored anti-communist purge that saw thousands of alleged communists to lose their careers in the early 1950s. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Is Alan Dershowitz really a victim of Martha’s Vineyard McCarthyism?," 3 July 2018 In the House, the entire Democratic delegation from California is co-sponsoring legislation that would prohibit the Homeland Security Department from separating migrant children from their parents, with a few exceptions. Emily Cadei, sacbee, "'Don’t break the law,' McClintock says to families separated at the border," 20 June 2018 Please spread the word by sharing, re-posting, and/or re-tweeting this post and send any information regarding the fake news websites or sponsored ads to reporting@magnoliamarket.com. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "Chip and Joanna Gaines Are Warning Fans to Steer Clear of This Online Scam," 1 June 2018 The real contenders, who play the second weekend, routinely are sponsored by businesses. Bryce Miller, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Cover your ears: Over-the-Line evolves, but the raunchy team names remain," 14 July 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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The first known use of sponsor was in 1651

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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 \

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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