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

No federal law requires such protection, though a U.S. Senate bill co-sponsored in 2017 by senators Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Bill Nelson (D-Florida), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) would do exactly that. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Yes, Autopilot Was On in the Tesla Model 3 Crash in March, NTSB Report Confirms," 16 May 2019 The 13th annual event, sponsored by Fiji Water and American Express among others, honored women across the industry, from artists and executives to the women who created and implemented the Music Modernization Act. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Strong and Influential Females Were Recognized at Billboard's 2018 Women in Music Event," 7 Dec. 2018 The event, sponsored by the Houston Barbecue Festival and Saint Arnold Brewing Company, will be held Sunday, Sept. 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Saint Arnold, 2000 Lyons Ave. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "2018 Houston BBQ Throwdown set for Sept. 16," 19 June 2018 The free event, sponsored by the Black Awareness Society for Education (B.A.S.E) will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy. Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press, "Voting, civic engagement summit to help metro Detroit youths realize their power," 14 June 2018 Wells Fargo, which has sponsored Boise Pride Fest since its earliest days, is paying for about one-quarter of the festival this year and offering 250 volunteers. Anne Wallace Allen, idahostatesman, "Boise Pride Fest chooses the mainstream," 14 June 2018 One is a conservative bill sponsored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. John Wildermuth, San Francisco Chronicle, "House turmoil on DACA, immigration could affect California races," 13 June 2018 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

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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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