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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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 Event sponsors include Cleveland Clinic Akron General, Summa Health, Huntington and the County of Summit ADM Board. Megan Becka, cleveland, "Access shelter to hold virtual breakfast fundraiser Aug. 11," 19 May 2020 But restarting racing was essential to serving an even higher cause: restarting the flow of media and sponsor dollars. New York Times, "NASCAR Tries to Make Noise as Drivers Restart Their Engines," 18 May 2020 And a joint letter from five conference commissioners was sent to the NCAA asking it to loosen its rule that schools sponsor at least 16 varsity sports. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "This university system's decision might squash college football in 2020," 14 May 2020 To continue the rate of providing 25,000 meals a week since the program began on March 24, Momentum Eats is currently seeking more corporate sponsors that can supply shelf-stable foods as well as individual contributions. Amanda Albee, Dallas News, "Cafe Momentum expands its free-meal program to serve Dallas ISD and other nonprofits," 13 May 2020 Donors are asked to make an appointment in advance at redcrossblood.org, with sponsor keyword KFCYUM. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "COVID-19 roundup: Critically ill Kentucky boy shows virus's danger to kids, Beshear says," 11 May 2020 Major sponsors including Coca Cola, Louis Vuitton and BMW are piling in, drawn by the opportunity to reach the kind of young audiences who have been turning away from traditional media. Stefan Nicola, Bloomberg.com, "Illegal Bets, Match-Fixing, Doping: The Dark Side of Esports," 10 May 2020 Nearly every sponsor dropped him the next day and Ganassi fired him one day after that. Fox News, "Suspended NASCAR star Kyle Larson finishes tenth in return to racing," 10 May 2020 All nonprofit organizations are trying to figure out how to raise money as longtime supporters and corporate sponsors signal donations will be smaller or non-existent. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "Ayala: San Antonio can be a destination city yet again," 9 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The primary sponsor for both concerts is State Farm’s Pierce Brown Agency; with Bayer and Becker sponsoring the Groovin’ series and Donatos for Friday at the Green. Cincinnati.com, "Fairfield delays concert series and announces later dates for summer shows," 11 May 2020 Group work is a very important part of the job for 78% of occupations in the US, according to O*NET, an online database sponsored by the US Department of Labor. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "New research finds the key trait in people who help their teams outperform," 8 May 2020 The welfare money went to buy expensive cars, hire Davis' family members, and sponsor a college baseball tournament, among other expenditures, the Mississippi Clarion Ledger reports. TheWeek, "Couple spends what would have been their wedding day gathering donations for food bank," 7 May 2020 Organizations that sponsor walking trials include the American Kennel Club, National Bird Hunters Association, Amateur Field Trial Clubs of America, National Shoot to Retrieve Association, and U.S. Complete Shooting Dog Association. Mark Chesnut, Field & Stream, "The Bird Dog Owner’s Guide Walking Field Trials," 15 Apr. 2020 Thanks to a partnership with the National Esports Association, which is helping to sponsor the event, anyone will be able to join during the hunt, which is scheduled to take place from 12:15 to 3:15 p.m. Central Time on Easter Sunday. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Streaming church, Zoom seders: How coronavirus has pushed Easter and Passover services online," 10 Apr. 2020 Walker told the audience of the 1913 National Negro League Business meeting sponsored by prominent black leader Booker T. Washington. Tyrone Mckinley Freeman, The Conversation, "Netflix’s ‘Self-Made’ miniseries about Madam C.J. Walker leaves out the mark she made through generosity," 17 Mar. 2020 Ashanti Hamilton who represents much of the city's northwest side sponsored the ordinance. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Retailers in the City of Milwaukee would be required to accept cash under a proposed ordinance," 1 May 2020 The ballot measure was co-sponsored by the fanatical Barbara Coe, a one-time police analyst who was fired for using city police resources for her political crusade. Alex Amend, The New Republic, "How Democrats Let the Right Win on Immigration," 28 Apr. 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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23 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sponsor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sponsor. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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