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


sponsored; sponsoring\ ˈspän(t)s-​(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce sponsor (audio) \

Definition of sponsor (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to be or stand sponsor for

Other Words from sponsor


sponsorial \ spän-​ˈsȯr-​ē-​əl How to pronounce sponsor (audio) \ adjective
sponsorship \ ˈspän(t)-​sər-​ˌship How to pronounce sponsor (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for sponsor

Synonyms: Noun

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As the House passed the Women's Health Care Act on Friday to make Roe v. Wade the law of the land, its lead sponsor, Rep. Judy Chu, knew the celebration would be short-lived. Candy Woodall, USA TODAY, 17 July 2022 Other nominees from the show include Martha Kelly as Best Guest Actress for her role as the chilling drug dealer Laurie, and Colman Domingo for Best Guest Actor for his role as Rue’s Narcotics Anonymous sponsor, Ali. Leah Campano, Seventeen, 12 July 2022 The product’s sponsor, Scynexis, reported total net sales of $1.1 million in 2021 ($0.6 million in the fourth quarter), and $0.7 million in the first quarter of 2022. Joshua Cohen, Forbes, 6 July 2022 This year’s sponsors included the Penthouse Suite Sponsor, Nicholas & Co. and the Presidential Suite sponsor, Modern Display. The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 July 2022 Under Armour, a sponsor through its UA Freedom Initiative, which supports front-line workers, has committed to three years of funding. Lorraine Mirabella, Baltimore Sun, 1 July 2022 Hamilton's sponsor, the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS team, also released a statement in support of the athlete. Giovana Gelhoren, PEOPLE.com, 28 June 2022 Their shared sponsor, Nike, provided the contemporary tennis dresses the pair wore for the 2004 Wimbledon Women’s Singles Final, from which Sharapova ultimately emerged as the victor. Alice Cary, Vogue, 28 June 2022 Not coincidentally, the film’s themes resonate with Rising Voices’ sponsor, online employment portal Indeed. Jordaan Sanford, Variety, 19 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Sunday School plans to sponsor a child in India through Global Ministry and begin writing letters to him. cleveland, 10 July 2022 To be put on a waiting list, volunteer for a counselor training or host home or sponsor a camper, visit wearefaith.org. Chicago Tribune, 8 July 2022 Outraged, an advocacy group called Equality North Carolina stepped in to sponsor Apex Pride and reinstate the story hour. Hannah Allam, BostonGlobe.com, 17 June 2022 Katerina headed a research institute, Innopraktika, to sponsor and support young scientists, that was partly financed by the state oil company Rosneft. New York Times, 13 May 2022 Those not wanting to walk can sponsor a walker and donate online as well. courant.com, 6 Apr. 2022 Lightspeed and Sequoia are signed on to sponsor the program’s informational sessions, meetings and events as its partners for the next two years. Alex Konrad, Forbes, 11 May 2021 Closely Crafted’s mission is to raise awareness of designers who produce in America and, eventually, to sponsor apprenticeships for young people to learn the trade. Sarah Spellings, Vogue, 1 July 2022 Outside entities were also starting to sponsor games during the summer, and coaches were making their players participate in those games, which led to complaints of burnout from athletes. Jonathan Saxon, The Courier-Journal, 1 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sponsor


1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1869, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sponsor


Late Latin, from Latin, guarantor, surety, from spondēre to promise — more at spouse

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“Sponsor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sponsor. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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


sponsored; sponsoring

Kids Definition of sponsor (Entry 2 of 2)

: to act as sponsor for



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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