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

MGM Resorts International , an exclusive in-game gambling sponsor, is expected to offer wagering where legal through its app. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "Advertisers Warm to Fledgling Alliance of American Football," 8 Feb. 2019 Many of Ocasio-Cortez's progressive freshmen colleagues are also sponsors, including Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Deb Haaland (NM-01), and Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), all of whom ran on environmental justice as part of their platforms. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal Resolution Gets Support From the Major 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates," 7 Feb. 2019 Still, that logic may not sit well with the conference’s sponsors, Samsung and Tencent, which are based in Korea and China, respectively. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Steve Bannon is pushing anti-immigrant policies at an upcoming tech conference," 31 Oct. 2018 While the team updates population estimates annually, sometimes U.S. government sponsors, humanitarian organizations, or academic researchers will request more frequent estimates for a specific region. Emily Strasser, Curbed, "A secret city opens up," 8 Aug. 2018 The Trump administration relisted North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism in 2017, giving the Warmbiers the grounds to sue. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, "Judge Orders North Korea to Pay $500 Million in Death of Otto Warmbier," 24 Dec. 2018 Jaguar had provided some support, and in 2016, Geely came onboard as a main sponsor and automotive partner. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Bad news for the 1,000mph car as Bloodhound SSC is shut down," 11 Dec. 2018 The United States has once again named Iran as the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism, accusing it of intensifying numerous conflicts and trying to undermine governments throughout the Middle East. Matthew Lee, Fox News, "US tags Iran anew as top terror sponsor, global attacks fall," 19 Sep. 2018 Fulham have officially launched their new 2018/19 adidas home and away kits ahead of their return to Premier League action next month, while also confirming a record two-year agreement with bookmaker Dafabet as the new shirt sponsor. SI.com, "Fulham Launch 2018/19 Kits & Announce New Sponsor Ahead of Premier League Return," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The bipartisan legislation, co-sponsored by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., could go to a vote in the Senate as soon as Tuesday. Evan Bush, The Seattle Times, "Here’s what the massive public-lands bill means for conservation, climate change in Washington state," 12 Feb. 2019 Dai Xu made the remarks at an event sponsored by Global Times, published by the Chinese government. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "A Chinese Military Official Suggests Ramming U.S. Warships in the South China Sea," 10 Dec. 2018 The matter, co-sponsored by councilors Michelle Wu and Kim Janey, was introduced Wednesday and sent to a committee for a review. BostonGlobe.com, "New England news in brief," 13 July 2018 To help these pets, the shelter is hosting an adoption event Saturday, sponsored by The Bissell Pet Foundation. Angela Forburger, azcentral, "Pets continue to flood Arizona animal shelters following monsoon storms," 12 July 2018 The bill is co-sponsored by only six other House Democrats. Rebecca Shabad /, NBC News, "Paul Ryan: Dems' "abolish ICE" push is the "craziest position"," 12 July 2018 The Senate bill is similar to one passed by the U.S. House in June and sponsored by Reps. Phuong Le, The Seattle Times, "Senate passes bill making it easier to kill sea lions in the Columbia River," 7 Dec. 2018 She was cast in the role after winning a talent contest sponsored by the Australian magazine Dolly. Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "Meet Adelaide Kane: The Australian Star of Hallmark's 'A Midnight Kiss'," 29 Dec. 2018 This could all change if a new topical gel birth control for men makes it through clinical trials, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and announced this week. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "This New Topical Gel Birth Control For Men Could Change Everything," 30 Nov. 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 \

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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