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

Notably, the Center attracts a more corporate crowd than many other LGBTQ charities and counts Google, Goldman Sachs, Bloomberg, McKinsey & Company, Bank of America, Citi, and BNY Mellon among their sponsors. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Lena Waithe and Don Lemon Are Honored at the Center’s Annual Dinner," 19 Apr. 2019 Not a single senator voted to bring the proposal to the floor, including its chief sponsor, Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Ed Markey. Steve Milloy, WSJ, "The Case for a Green ‘No Deal’," 11 Apr. 2019 Truex stayed in contention until the final laps in a season where one of his top sponsors abandoned him and his team was set to go out of business. Dan Gelston, The Seattle Times, "Truex makes move to Joe Gibbs Racing with championship goal," 11 Feb. 2019 According to The New York Times, Ryan is a co-sponsor on Representative Pramila Jayapal’s (D-WA) Medicare for All legislation. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Cardi B Said She Hates Donald Trump and Might Support Bernie Sanders in 2020," 16 Apr. 2019 His family business is the title sponsor of the Saudi Football League, otherwise known as the Jameel League. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Rihanna's Boyfriend, Hassan Jameel?," 22 Feb. 2019 There are 64 House co-sponsors in total; many more will be needed to pass the resolution in that chamber. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal Resolution Gets Support From the Major 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates," 7 Feb. 2019 Humana The homegrown health insurance giant has been a title sponsor to golf tournaments, and in Louisville its name has been closely associated with Actor's Theater's New American Plays Festival for decades. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Pizza Hut, Kroger, Republic Bank? Who wants Cardinal Stadium naming rights," 13 July 2018 Franciscan Health and Ingalls Memorial Hospital are sponsors. David Gleisner, Daily Southtown, "5K fundraising event in Country Club Hills to battle brain cancer," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The blindness study, sponsored by Editas Medicine, Inc., of Cambridge, Massachusetts, will attempt to edit genes within the human body. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "US Cancer Patients Are Undergoing CRISPR Tests For The First Time," 17 Apr. 2019 The Senior Community Café, sponsored by CRT, Community Renewal Team, will be serving meals Monday through Friday. Courant Community, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 10 July 2018 The day is also sponsored by Sephora, and will reportedly feature appearances from other members of the Fenty Beauty squad, including Priscilla Ono and Hector Espinal. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna Is Holding a Fenty Beauty Class in Dubai," 5 Sep. 2018 The #ClawsUp truck was sponsored by indie nail polish brand Floss Gloss and kicked off in June at Herald Square in midtown Manhattan. Samantha Tse, Allure, "Eda Levenson Shares Her Process Behind Designing the Coolest Nail Art with TNT's Claws," 26 July 2018 The tournament is again sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts and Recycling on Earth. Ramona Sentinel, "5th Annual Battle on the Mountain tourney this weekend," 27 June 2018 The event is sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association. Emily Bloch, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Broward County encourages public transit on annual Dump the Pump Day," 19 June 2018 The best musical moment award is sponsored by truth, a campaign aimed at ending smoking and fighting Big Tobacco. Kimberly Nordyke, The Hollywood Reporter, "MTV Movie & TV Awards Reveals Best Musical Moment Nominees (Exclusive)," 11 June 2018 Chiuri, a committed feminist since her appointment three years ago at the French house, was instrumental in having Dior sponsoring the exhibition. Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, "In Milan, A New Exhibition Celebrates Italian Feminist Artists of the 1970s," 5 Apr. 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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