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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One of the key moments in that saga came when FedEx, a prominent sponsor of the team and run by Smith, called for the name change. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Former AG Loretta Lynch Joins NFL Probe of Escalating Fight Among Washington Football Team Owners," 22 Dec. 2020 The sponsor took him to United Gospel Mission and to CRC. Ksenia Gorinshteyn Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "St. Paul man working from home — at United Gospel Mission," 18 Dec. 2020 Pepsi, the sponsor of this year's event, has announced that Canadian singer/songwriter The Weeknd will be performing this year's halftime show. Erin Cavoto, Country Living, "What Day Is Super Bowl 2021? Here's Everything You Need to Know About the Big Game," 17 Dec. 2020 Workday will become presenting sponsor of the Memorial, tour officials said, in a new 10-year contract. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Steph Curry golf event in SF all but dead after Tour announces Curry ties to Ohio tourney," 17 Dec. 2020 To participate in the parade or to become a sponsor, contact Hammond Parks and Recreation at 219-853-6378 or visit www.gohammond.com. Post-tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Community news," 27 Oct. 2020 To register to play or become a sponsor, email Megan Haggerty at megan@sttammanychamber.org or visit www.sttammanychamber.org. Staff Report, NOLA.com, "Clay shooting, outdoor fall fests and pumpkin patches in St. Tammany," 4 Oct. 2020 To become a sponsor, businesses should contact Christina Paquette in the HCPS Office of Communications and Family Outreach at 410-588-5214. Aegis Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Harford County Public Schools seeking 2021 Teacher of the Year nominations," 10 Dec. 2020 The town council voted 7-0 to become a sponsor on Oct. 13. Jamie Landers, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona to commemorate 79th anniversary of Pearl Harbor with lowered flags, flyover," 8 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Work with local wildlife agencies to sponsor nesting boxes for birds, bats, butterflies and other wildlife. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Readers share alternatives to party balloons," 23 Dec. 2020 Van Der Beek teamed up with H-E-B to sponsor a family through an organization called PopUpBirthday.org that brings a little birthday joy to children in foster care. Sonia Ramirez, Chron, "How the Van Der Beek saved Christmas," 22 Dec. 2020 Work with local wildlife agencies to sponsor nesting boxes for birds, bats, butterflies and other wildlife. cleveland, "Dear Annie: Alternative ways to celebrate a special event," 22 Dec. 2020 How to help: —Head to decaturncc.org/holiday-outreach.html and sponsor a child or family for Christmas. Tribune News Service, al, "Local charities organizing fundraisers, gift drives this Christmas," 29 Nov. 2020 All donations to the program are tax deductible and are used to sponsor local research trials for area patients. Post-tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Community news," 13 Nov. 2020 Opportunities will be available to sponsor a wreath for local veterans and each $15 donation goes toward a wreath that will be placed on the headstone of a local American hero on Dec. 19. Megan Woodward, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Babylon Vault Company, Wreaths Across America bringing mobile exhibit to three Carroll County locations," 4 Nov. 2020 Six separate Connecticut institutions — The Bushnell, Hartford Stage, TheaterWorks, Charter Oak Cultural Center and HartBeat Ensemble and the University of Connecticut — are joining together to sponsor the local presentation, Oct. 28 through Nov. 1. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Political theater rules at Connecticut’s virtual theaters in the run up to the election," 20 Oct. 2020 Last month, South Korea, for the second straight year, didn’t co-sponsor a United Nations General Assembly resolution condemning North Korea’s human rights violations. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, "Sending Bibles and K-Pop to North Korea Can Now Land You in a South Korean Jail," 15 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of sponsor was in 1651

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7 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Sponsor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sponsor. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce sponsor (audio)

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



English Language Learners Definition of sponsor (Entry 2 of 2)

: to be a sponsor for (something or someone)


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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