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

This increasingly artful rendition of the beautiful game has caught the eye of some forward-thinking sponsors. Fox News, "French mayor dies after trying to stop illegal dumping: report," 8 Aug. 2019 USA Gymnastics' logo is prominent on banners that encircle the competition floor - as difficult to ignore as the absence of signage of corporate sponsors that defected in the wake of the Nassar scandal. Anchorage Daily News, "Simon Biles blasts USA Gymnastics: ‘You had one job . . . and you couldn’t protect us!’," 7 Aug. 2019 They’ll be judged by a panel of sponsors, media figures and previous winners, including Lin Brehmer of 93XRT, and LeeAnn Trotter of NBC5, along with chefs Tony Mantuano (Spiaggia), Jeff Mauro (Pork & Mindy’s) and Tony Priolo (Maillard Tavern). Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago Gourmet’s Hamburger Hop names 2019 competitors; tickets on sale now," 6 Aug. 2019 Viral moments like this create an opportunity that attracts a certain type of sponsor. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Shotgunning a beer: What’s the value of Baker Mayfield’s video?," 5 Aug. 2019 The Google Science Fair has been crowning winners for eight years with the help of sponsors like Lego, Scientific American, National Geographic and Virgin Galactic. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, "This Irish teenager may have a solution for a plastic-free ocean," 1 Aug. 2019 The camp receives support from a handful of local sponsors, which allows families to participate for free. Glendale News-Press, "Camp Rosie teaches dating-violence prevention alongside arts and crafts," 30 July 2019 The university agreed and the Department of Film, Television and Media became one of the official sponsors of the festival. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "University of Michigan alum to host female-centric film festival in Ann Arbor," 9 July 2019 Every dollar of the grant provided to LOL is a direct result of all the sponsors and underwriters of the market as well as each and every patron who purchased a ticket to support the market. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Sugar Plum Market grant provides children’s lunches," 28 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Or break out the camera and have your own photo shoot for the contest, sponsored by Embrace Pet Insurance. Brenda Cain And Yadi Rodriguez - Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "There’s still time to enter Cleveland’s Cutest Puppy Contest; email photo to best@cleveland.com," 14 Aug. 2019 The search, sponsored by National Geographic, kicked off on August 7. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Man Who Found the Titanic Is Now Searching for Amelia Earhart's Plane," 13 Aug. 2019 The screenings, sponsored by the Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation, are open to ages 12 to 25. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Notebook: 97.3 The Fan to add prep football programming," 12 Aug. 2019 The prayer service was co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Urban Initiative MKE, the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist and the Family of Four Eastside Parishes. Alex Groth, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "At Milwaukee prayer service on mass shootings, speakers call for moving from fatigue to action," 9 Aug. 2019 But the ride-sharing companies are not like Amazon, argues Richard Clayton, research director at CtoW investment group, which works with pension funds sponsored by unions affiliated with the Change to Win federation. Alana Semuels, Time, "'I'm Back to Riding My Own Bike.' Higher Prices Threaten Silicon Valley’s Mobility Revolution," 9 Aug. 2019 PetCon, an annual convention for pet owners and pet lovers, featured a booth sponsored by Fox where attendees could have their picture taken with their pets in a race car like the one Denny drives in the film. Chris Thilk, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Art of Racing in the Rain' Marketing Bets on Old-Fashioned Charm," 8 Aug. 2019 This year’s broadcast, sponsored by The Allstate Foundation, Walgreens, and Microsoft, will feature quite the lineup of celebrity guests and performers. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "Watch Selena Gomez surprise these adorable young change-makers for ABC’s WE Day Special," 8 Aug. 2019 The 2% sales tax would go before voters in November under legislation sponsored by Mat-Su assembly member Jim Sykes. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Mat-Su considers sales tax for third time in a decade amid Alaska’s fiscal ‘uncertainty’," 8 Aug. 2019

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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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