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 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


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

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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 The beer Sam Adams is the main sponsor of Oktoberfest. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Everything you need to know about Oktoberfest Zinzinnati," 16 Sep. 2019 Kendra from 101 Mobility, this month’s event sponsor, will teach old-school dances. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Children’s choir sings in Mexico... Make-A-Wish hero ceremony for Poway boy...events," 4 Sep. 2019 But the bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Scott Wiener, disputes those numbers. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Friday Night Lights in Paradise," 23 Aug. 2019 Harris is a co-sponsor of Sanders’s Medicare-for-all single-payer bill in the Senate. Tara Golshan, Vox, "The divide between Harris and Sanders on health care is deepening.," 20 Aug. 2019 Her voters in the 31st District saw her sponsor bills to help small businesses take out loans, side with ranchers to kill wolves endangering livestock and support standardized grading systems across the state. Josephine Peterson, The Seattle Times, "Pierce County Council’s Pam Roach won’t seek reelection," 12 Aug. 2019 ProPublica sent that statement to Roy McDonald, a former Republican state senator who was the lead sponsor of the bill, and spoke with him about it by phone. Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica, "After Failing Mentally Ill New Yorkers, Adult Homes Get Second Chance," 30 July 2019 Councilwoman Carlina Rivera, a Democrat who represents parts of Manhattan and the bill’s sponsor, said during a Committee on Health hearing. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "A New York Duck-Farm Tour Didn’t Sell Me on Foie Gras," 9 July 2019 Small played in the tournament on a sponsor exemption, as did Major League Baseball Hall of Famer John Smoltz. James Owczarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Jerry Kelly bests Steve Stricker, Retief Goosen in playoff to win AmFam Championship," 23 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Meanwhile, Republican Senator Marco Rubio is among politicians sponsoring a bill that proposes to delist mainland firms that don’t open their audit books to U.S. regulators. Washington Post, "Shanghai’s Star May Fade Quickly," 18 Sep. 2019 In fact, prior to taking up his ambassador role, Friedman was president of the American Friends of Bet El Yeshiva Center, an organization that sponsors academic study in Bet El, an Israeli settlement that was established on Palestinian land in 1977. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "It's Israel's election but here's why Donald Trump is the 'King of Israel'," 16 Sep. 2019 Five of his primary rivals joined Sanders in sponsoring bill in the Senate. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Democrats wary of litmus tests inch back from the cliff on their left," 15 Sep. 2019 Ally Financial and presenting sponsor McLaren Health Care also have signed up for the duration. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "PGA TOUR Champions event to stay at Warwick Hills through 2025," 14 Sep. 2019 In a related item, RCPG members unanimously approved to co-sponsor an upcoming Ramona Community Wildfire Safety Preparedness workshop. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Planners review Woodson parking, evacuation plan," 13 Sep. 2019 Even without a permanent installation in Denver, Meow Wolf has already invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in Denver’s arts and culture scene by sponsoring events, publications, gallery shows and more. John Wenzel, The Know, "Meow Wolf is throwing a three-night electronic music and art festival in Denver," 12 Sep. 2019 The terms of those foreign talent programs vary according to the level of scientific achievement and the sponsoring organization. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "When Europeans do science in China," 11 Sep. 2019 The 55-year-old Bishop is a state senator best known for sponsoring a 2016 state law that blocked local anti-discrimination rules protecting LGBT residents. BostonGlobe.com, "Dan Bishop beat Democrat Dan McCready and two other candidates Tuesday in the 9th Congressional District, which has been held by Republicans since 1963.," 11 Sep. 2019

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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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25 Oct 2019

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The first known use of sponsor was in 1651

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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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