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

Then why do some brands still become official sponsors? Jaideep Vaidya, Quartz India, "India may have been knocked out, but mega brands had a field day during cricket World Cup," 10 July 2019 Equal Playing Field This year’s event, in contrast to the first, drew big-name sponsors such as Twitter and Adidas and also convened a summit on women’s challenges in soccer, with 120 leaders in the sport participating. Meghan Mcdonough, Quartz, "Female soccer players are breaking world records to show they’re just as good as the guys," 7 July 2019 Since then, the idea has flourished into an international event, earning sponsors including Starbucks, Life Is Good, SiriusXM and The David Lynch Foundation, an organization that teaches meditation to at-risk individuals. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "Ringo Starr Is Spreading a Little Peace and Love for His Birthday—and You're Invited," 6 July 2019 The bipartisan drumming of Libra could also slow efforts to sign up more corporate sponsors. Renae Merle, BostonGlobe.com, "Facebook cryptocurrency Libra skewered on Capitol Hill," 16 July 2019 Tickets range from $2,800 for sponsor level to $25,000 raised for co-chair status. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Kamala Harris Returning to L.A. for Fundraisers With Hollywood A-Listers," 16 July 2019 The subcommittee has jurisdiction over the office, which is responsible to safely and quickly place children with sponsors. Anthony Man, sun-sentinel.com, "Congressional delegation plans oversight visit to Homestead shelter for migrant children," 15 July 2019 The luncheon portion of the event is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $500 for a corporate table of eight; $200 for speaker sponsor; $40 for member reservation; and $50 for prospective member reservation. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "THIS WEEK: Registration starting for new students in Katy ISD," 15 July 2019 Secret, the first USWNT sponsor to publicly support the team's fight, also uses the ad to challenges other brands to support the team's quest for equal pay. Kate Trafecante, CNN, "Secret deodorant to contribute $529,000 to US women's soccer to address pay gap," 14 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The National Air and Space Museum is sponsoring many of the events to honor the Apollo 11 mission of July 20, 1969. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "The Washington Monument became a rocket for the Apollo 11 anniversary," 17 July 2019 At least six actions in total have taken place at ICE facilities across the country, co-sponsored with other groups, according to Sophie Ellman-Golan, an organizer of the New Jersey demonstration. Ben Sales, sun-sentinel.com, "Jews getting arrested at ICE centers are just getting started," 16 July 2019 Harris co-sponsored the bill, as did a number of her 2020 rivals, including Sens. Stephanie Ramirez, CBS News, "Kamala Harris introduces plan to lower prescription drug prices," 16 July 2019 The district is sponsoring a dozen back-to-school events beginning this month. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "Here's how you can get free school supplies for your JCPS students," 15 July 2019 Recently, Moose, a pit bull mix adopted from the San Diego Department of Animal Services Bonita Shelter (and one of the Petco Foundation’s sponsored service dogs), graduated with Marine veteran Jaimie McAfee at the program’s headquarters. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Shelter to Soldier gets $30K Petco grant," 15 July 2019 Fundraiser: The Brook Park Botanical Garden Club will sponsor an Audrey’s Lunch Sack fundraiser from noon to 3 p.m. July 20 at the Brook Park Botanical Garden Club, 6220 Smith Road in Brook Park. Rich Heileman, cleveland.com, "He takes do-it-yourself creativity to the depths: Around The Town," 12 July 2019 Nike sponsored as many as 14 of the 24 teams competing in France this summer. SI.com, "Nike Celebrates Successful Women's World Cup by Detailing its Huge Impact at the Tournament," 11 July 2019 The parks department sponsored this event, too, but the audience was less interested in what was happening in the sky overhead. Bryan Greene, Smithsonian, "While NASA Was Landing on the Moon, Many African-Americans Sought Economic Justice Instead," 11 July 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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