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

The race resumed on the island in 2012 with Chevrolet as the title sponsor. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Without Belle Isle, Grand Prix will have to leave metro Detroit," 12 July 2018 Harford became a sponsor of an internal group of female employees called Women of Uber, and he was essentially designated to advocate for the group. Mike Isaac, BostonGlobe.com, "At Uber, new questions arise about executive behavior," 14 July 2018 And Pizza Hut stepped in as the official pizza sponsor of the NFL's Super Bowl after Papa John's withdrew this year. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Pizza Hut, Kroger, Republic Bank? Who wants Cardinal Stadium naming rights," 13 July 2018 But attorneys have also been told parents must fill out the same paperwork as sponsors of children who crossed the border alone. Pamela Ren Larson, azcentral, "What we know about efforts to reunite migrant children with their parents," 11 July 2018 Just ask Ashley Kvitek, an effervescent young lady who works for the Anza-Borrego Foundation, sponsors of the 48th annual Desert Bighorn Sheep Count. Ernie Cowan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Anza Borrego sheep count is for the extreme," 7 July 2018 His administration has also tightened rules on those who can claim asylum, cut funding for legal aid for unaccompanied children and raised the specter of Immigration and Customs Enforcement checks for sponsors of migrant children. Daniella Silva /, NBC News, "Trump ended family separations, but he's still making life difficult for migrant children," 22 June 2018 The Council on American-Islamic Relations joined as a sponsor of the event. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "'Protect the children': Protesters rally at ICE office in Baltimore against separation of families at border," 20 June 2018 Gambling companies in Europe are among the biggest sponsors of professional sports. Conor Orr, SI.com, "$100 on the Browns to Win the Super Bowl: Legal NFL Gambling Opens in New Jersey," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But, as NBC News reports, the administration has made this avenue difficult and potentially dangerous by directing immigration authorities to check the legal status of anyone who requests to sponsor migrant children. Sarah Kinosian, Teen Vogue, "Reunification Proves Complicated for Families Separated at the U.S.-Mexico Border," 14 July 2018 The office shelters those children until a relative or family friend living in the United States comes forward to sponsor them. Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post, "The Health 202: ACLU asks court to force government to pay cost of reuniting migrant families," 13 July 2018 To sponsor the foal or learn more, visit the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group website. Kimberly Rapanut, azcentral, "Volunteers nursing abandoned wild Salt River foal back to health," 5 July 2018 The deal, brokered by WH Sports Group, marks the first time ever that a cryptocurrency platform has agreed to sponsor a sports team, according to the club's announcement of the deal. SI.com, "Wolves Make History as Club Agree Sponsorship Deal With Cryptocurrency Platform," 5 July 2018 The case arose after the group applied for formal recognition on campus, which would grant it a portion of campus fees and the right to sponsor guest speakers. Nanette Asimov, SFChronicle.com, "UC Berkeley settles conservative students’ free-speech lawsuit," 3 July 2018 Industry executives descended on Lightfoot, offering to sponsor an annual summit with 100-odd chapter leaders, or to design custom female-friendly firearms. Ben Wofford, Glamour, "The NRA's Most Wanted Customer: Women," 28 June 2018 The city of Aurora, Northern Illinois Food Bank, Fox Valley Park District and Aurora Public Library are collaborating to sponsor enrichment activities at Meals on the Move park locations throughout the summer. Joy Davis, Aurora Beacon-News, "Twist on Shakespeare plays to be staged at Aurora Central Catholic," 28 June 2018 Parents who were released, such as into an ankle-monitor program, would be allowed to apply to sponsor their children, the official said. NBC News, "U.S. is ordered to reunite migrant families. Now what?," 27 June 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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