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 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


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 Sexton Smith, meanwhile, was a main co-sponsor of Breonna's Law and is also behind a new proposal to mandate drug and alcohol testing for officers involved in critical incidents such as police shootings. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Metro Council election: Jecorey Arthur, Cassie Chambers Armstrong win, incumbents hold on," 30 June 2020 Ackman is known for investing in profitable companies: Pershing Square was also a co-sponsor of Justice Holdings, a SPAC that acquired Burger King for $1.4 billion in cash in 2012. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "How the struggle to get a flight refund helped grow this buzzy “robot lawyer”," 23 June 2020 José Pérez, the measure's lead sponsor, said in a statement Monday. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Live protest updates: Common Council exploring cut to police budget in Milwaukee," 15 June 2020 FedEx is the title sponsor of the team's stadium in Landover, Maryland, and CEO Frederick Smith is a minority owner. CBS News, "Washington Redskins reportedly set to drop their name," 13 July 2020 How has peanut butter not been the ultimate sponsor of Survivor? Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Survivor Quarantine Questionnaire: Jenna Lewis spills All-Stars secrets," 8 July 2020 Walmart is a sponsor of these showings, along with 11 other companies, including Entertainment Weekly and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "Drive-In Movies Coming to Walmart Later This Summer," 6 July 2020 Brabham's main sponsor at the time was Italian electronics manufacturer, Olivetti. Noura Abou Zeinab, CNN, "'I was 25 years ahead of my time': The driver who shattered motorsport's color barrier," 1 July 2020 The organization is also a sponsor of the convention, which is scheduled to begin July 16. Washington Post, "Doctors urge GOP to halt Texas convention as virus surges," 30 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Peters has cast as a member of Congress and his own efforts to introduce and sponsor legislation to support veterans. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, "Did Gary Peters fight against VA funding, veteran housing programs? We fact-checked it.," 8 July 2020 Austin's Barton Springs Mill donated one ton of flour to sponsor this week's sale, and Houston's Bread Man Baking Co. is getting in the mix. Abigail Rosenthal, Houston Chronicle, "Houston's Bread Man Baking Co. joins this week's Bakers Against Racism," 7 July 2020 The format would have allowed teams to keep 100 percent of the revenue generated from ticket sales, merchandise and concession purchases in addition to and sponsor dollars advertising around the local event. Washington Post, "FaZe Clan among several esports organizations receiving PPP loan money," 8 July 2020 In an instance in February of this year, Harper told the owner of the internet cafes to pay $640 to sponsor two tables for an upcoming political event. John Caniglia, cleveland, "‘So incredibly sad’: Bribery charges bring disappointment to Toledo as FBI accuses four council members in scheme," 5 July 2020 The donation will sponsor a backpack of food through Cy-Hope’s backpack program. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Cavity Patrol Pediatric Dentistry to donate funds to Cy-Hope for every new patient," 30 June 2020 Even though private companies do sponsor their own expensive trials, much of the research that leads to the development of new drugs is government-funded. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "Big Pharma’s Got a Brand New Coronavirus Grift," 30 June 2020 The court has pledged to sponsor scholarships and sensitivity training to boost diversity efforts in the industry, McCoy said. Washington Post, "The wine industry is overwhelmingly white. Now, the push for inclusivity is gaining momentum.," 26 June 2020 The league office and Black College Football Hall of Fame can team up to sponsor conferences just like this week’s. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: As NFL tries to further facilitate opportunities for coaches of color, pressure now rests on owners," 25 June 2020

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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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28 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sponsor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sponsor. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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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



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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