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 Home Depot Foundation, Atlanta, Ga., was a major sponsor. courant.com, "Community news for the Glastonbury edition," 10 Sep. 2020 In addition to being the title sponsor, AimLoan.com is matching all donations up to $100,000. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: It may be virtual, but San Diego Blues Festival’s still full of music — and heart," 5 Sep. 2020 Bronner’s has no connection to the event and is not a sponsor, said Lori Libka, communications assistant for Bronner’s. Darcie Moran, Detroit Free Press, "'MAGA Back the Blue' flyover, car cruise planned in Frankenmuth," 4 Sep. 2020 Despite the tournament’s cancellation, title sponsor Regions Bank will still donate more than $750,000 to local charities, Hallman said. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Regions Tradition golf tournament canceled due to COVID-19," 14 Aug. 2020 That’s down from $20,000 in recent years, although tournament director Devin Dehlin credited the title sponsor law firm for ensuring the event would be played in 2020. The Salt Lake Tribune, "BYU alum Peter Kuest returns to Riverside for the Utah Open," 13 Aug. 2020 Idaho Republican Representative Mike Simpson was a sponsor of the bill in the House, and Simpson has proven himself as a tireless and pragmatic advocate for Idaho’s outdoorsmen and women. Hal Herring, Field & Stream, "Why the Great American Outdoors Act Passed at Just the Right Time," 10 Aug. 2020 Whataburger Tournament: This event started in 1958, and Whataburger became the title sponsor in 1984. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "From canceled marquee events to schedule complications, basketball, volleyball teams prepare for an unprecedented season," 23 July 2020 The health care firm, Wearing said, currently serves as sponsor of the station's news desk. Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bice: Madison firm pulls funding for radio station after Vicki McKenna's rant on Kenosha protests," 28 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In conjunction with the Waukesha County Park System, the city's parks and recreation department will sponsor Howl at Home, a virtual event with a no-scare theme, from Oct. 26-30. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "From trick-or-treating to Feargrounds, Halloween festivities are still planned in Waukesha despite COVID-19," 12 Sep. 2020 The Big East, which does not sponsor football and relies heavily on basketball revenue, has been near the front of bubble/pod talk in recent weeks. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Could Utah and the rest of the Pac-12 play the upcoming basketball season in a bubble?," 5 Sep. 2020 Community members can also sponsor a veteran to play, with a donation of $100 to the nonprofit. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Assistance League thrift shop raises money at sidewalk sale ...community news," 31 Aug. 2020 And thus Dalton became a hunting ground where Epstein could target not just girls for his trademark lechery but other influential men to sponsor him. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, "Steely Eyes, Tragic Ends: The Bromantic Theory of History," 26 Aug. 2020 Bliss announced in the comment section of a TikTok video that the brand would no longer sponsor Tony, after several users questioned their partnership. Hanna Flanagan, PEOPLE.com, "Spa and Beauty Brand Bliss Drops TikTok Star Tony Lopez Following Allegations of Sexual Misconduct," 21 Aug. 2020 The bricks, which cost $250 to sponsor, will be placed on the patio on the corner of A1A and Las Olas Boulevard, across the street from a main gathering point on the sands of Fort Lauderdale beach. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, "You can buy a piece of the Elbo Room on Fort Lauderdale beach," 28 Aug. 2020 The timeline for renaming the playground started when younger brother, David Rudin, and four of his friends wanted to sponsor a piece of playground equipment in Kenny’s name and reached out to the Deerfield Park District via email. Karie Angell Luc, chicagotribune.com, "Deerfield Park District names renovated playground in honor late resident with autism," 24 Aug. 2020 Only Heber City, Wasatch County and Heber Valley Chamber of Commerce are allowed to sponsor events or messages for the banners. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Heber City Council approves banner restrictions in response to outcry over LGBTQ pride flags," 20 Aug. 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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14 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sponsor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sponsor. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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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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