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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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Discount Drug Mart, which has two stores in Lakewood, returned as the title sponsor. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 18 Oct. 2021 Liberty University has reached a five-year extension with Hendrick Motorsports to continue as a primary sponsor for William Byron. BostonGlobe.com, 16 Oct. 2021 The Biancocelesti, who currently sit sixth in the table on 11 points, will host the Serie A reigning champions of Inter Milan on Saturday in a match that also marks the debut of Binance as Lazio’s front-jersey sponsor. Daniele Proch, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 The Thunderbirds, who run the event, and the Phoenix Open have raised almost $100 million for charity since 2010, the year that Waste Management took over as title sponsor. Todd Kelly, The Arizona Republic, 5 Oct. 2021 The evening, supported by Cadillac as premier sponsor, had plenty of star power thanks to the five honorees who were feted for their accomplishments and philanthropic endeavors. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 1 Oct. 2021 Years later, the company expanded to leave an even bigger mark and replace PennGrade as the title sponsor for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. Rashika Jaipuriar, The Indianapolis Star, 28 Sep. 2021 Additionally, while more than 90% of Latino professionals with strong accents reported having a mentor/sponsor who is advocating for their career, only 35% of Latino professionals without accents reported the same. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 6 Oct. 2021 Similarly, work with a sponsor that is already far along in the process. Carlos Jose Rodriguez Sr, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Bay Village will sponsor its Scaredy Cat Run 5K at 9 a.m. on Oct. 16. Brenda Cain, cleveland, 1 Oct. 2021 Even stores without pharmacies may sponsor pop-up flu shot clinics on site. Sarah Klein, Health.com, 27 Sep. 2021 The Encinitas Lions Club will sponsor its 25th annual Blind Surfing Event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 12 at South Ponto Beach for people with sight impairments to learn surfing. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Sep. 2021 For the Burroughs PTA, that resulted in a partnership with the school's parent equity group to sponsor workshops on race, culture and ethnicity. Mara Klecker, Star Tribune, 28 June 2021 What the village will sponsor for the July Fourth holiday remains to be seen. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, 14 May 2021 Energy Transfer will sponsor the home helmets, while 7-Eleven will do so on the road. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, 24 Sep. 2021 What else: The foundation also will sponsor a number of events on Sept. 11, including a sunrise ceremony at the Roy, Riverdale and Weber fire stations as well as a motorcycle ride from Salt Lake City to the Ogden Amphitheater at 10 a.m. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Sep. 2021 Participants can raise community funds to sponsor their participation or sign up the day of. Rose Wagner, baltimoresun.com, 8 Sep. 2021

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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 22 Oct. 2021.

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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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