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

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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 Equal Justice Under Law, an initial sponsor of the bail-repeal legislation, has come out against Prop. 25 because of its potential racial impact. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "California bail industry makes itself invisible opposing Prop. 25, ending cash bail," 22 Sep. 2020 Those who want to attend, donate or become a sponsor can do so at thewadsworth.org/celebratethewadsworth. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Wadsworth Atheneum virtual fundraising gala is Sept. 26," 21 Sep. 2020 The longtime sponsor of New York Fashion Week is hoping the new initiative will help diversify both the beauty and fashion industries. Tatjana Freund, Marie Claire, "TRESemmé Pledges $10,000 To 10 Female Black Hairstylists," 10 Sep. 2020 The city, Lyft and Nike, the main sponsor, note that the pricing changes are needed to operate a more expensive fleet. oregonlive, "The Biketown e-bikes are here: Will Portland return to ‘normal’ in time to enjoy them? (review)," 9 Sep. 2020 Whataburger and the Cowboys partnered in 2014, when the burger chain became the sponsor of the Coach of the Week program, and the relationship expanded in 2016 with the launch of Friday Night Stars. Madison Iszler, ExpressNews.com, "Whataburger is the ‘official burger’ of the Dallas Cowboys," 8 Sep. 2020 Whataburger and the Cowboys partnered in 2014, when the burger chain became the sponsor of the Coach of the Week program, and the relationship expanded in 2016 with the launch of Friday Night Stars. Madison Iszler, Houston Chronicle, "Whataburger and the Dallas Cowboys have teamed up for the ultimate Texas combo," 8 Sep. 2020 Assemblymember Chris Holden, another sponsor of the bill, acknowledges the complexity, but says the bill is the first step in a longer, iterative process. Sidney Fussell, Wired, "California Lawmakers Push for More Diversity in the Boardroom," 29 Aug. 2020 The country, which hosted Osama bin Laden in the 1990s and Israel later identified as a conduit for weapons bound for its enemies, is still designated a state sponsor of terrorism by the U.S. Mohammed Alamin, Bloomberg.com, "Pompeo’s Visit to Sudan Marks Watershed for Ex-Pariah State," 25 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Our medical literature is often fraught with bias in favor of certain products, because the drug and medical device companies sponsor so much of the research. Carolyn Barber, Fortune, "My cancer might be back—and I wonder if unnecessary radiation caused it in the first place," 22 Sep. 2020 Seaside Heights Mayor Anthony Vaz told the Press that the city did not sponsor the event, nor did officials issue event permits. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, "New Jersey governor slams reckless partiers who flocked to now-famous 'Jersey Shore' house," 16 Sep. 2020 Ticket prices started at $150 for an individual and ran up to $10,000 to sponsor a VIP table. Taylor Goldenstein, ExpressNews.com, "Travis County GOP under investigation for COVID-19 order violations," 26 Aug. 2020 Erivo decided to sponsor Madu’s training and helped bring the video to the attention of the American Ballet Theater, said Laura Miller, a spokeswoman for the dance company. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo pay homage to young Nigerian ballet dancer after viral video," 22 Aug. 2020 Will Cleveland Browns keep FirstEnergy as stadium naming rights sponsor amid alleged bribery case? cleveland, "Our newsroom faced a big test. You be the judge: How did we do? Letter from the Editor," 1 Aug. 2020 In conjunction with the Waukesha County Park System, the city's parks and recreation department will sponsor Howl at Home, a virtual event with a no-scare theme, from Oct. 26-30. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "From trick-or-treating to Feargrounds, Halloween festivities are still planned in Waukesha despite COVID-19," 12 Sep. 2020 The Big East, which does not sponsor football and relies heavily on basketball revenue, has been near the front of bubble/pod talk in recent weeks. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Could Utah and the rest of the Pac-12 play the upcoming basketball season in a bubble?," 5 Sep. 2020 Community members can also sponsor a veteran to play, with a donation of $100 to the nonprofit. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Assistance League thrift shop raises money at sidewalk sale ...community news," 31 Aug. 2020

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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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Last Updated

26 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sponsor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sponsor. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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sponsor

noun
How to pronounce sponsor (audio)

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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