sponsor

noun
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

sponsor

verb
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

Noun

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

backer, guarantor, patron, surety

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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

Now) there’s so much momentum in this sport: the class of competition, the caliber of teams, the support of sponsors. Jim Vertuno, The Seattle Times, "IndyCar revving up tons of momentum for 2019 season," 11 Feb. 2019 Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat and one of the main sponsors of the resolution, told an audience of the descendants of lynching victims at the time. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "By passing the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act this week, the Senate acknowledged its role in decades of racial terrorism.," 21 Dec. 2018 As Road & Track reports, Bloodhound has the support of sponsors including Geely, Rolls-Royce PLC, Castrol, and Norwegian defense contractor Nammo. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Could Someone Save the 1,000-MPH Bloodhound SSC Project?," 11 Dec. 2018 Individual teams have been able to pull in a similarly diverse group of sponsors. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Why competitive gaming is starting to look a lot like professional sports," 27 July 2018 The Securities and Futures Commission late Thursday slapped fines totaling US$100 million on Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, Standard Chartered and UBS Group for due-diligence lapses as sponsors in the IPOs of some mainland Chinese companies. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Hong Kong Must Give Critical Voices Freer Rein," 15 Mar. 2019 The bill, which has bipartisan support from 15 different sponsors, would change the way teen sexting cases are handled. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Washington State Lawmakers Are Advancing a Bill Decriminalizing Teen Sexting," 7 Mar. 2019 Ars could not confirm the ultimate sponsor of the op-ed, but there are some potentially pertinent facts. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: SpaceX targeted, Chinese rocket scientist goes viral, SLS slips?," 5 Oct. 2018 Yet there is not one single GOP co-sponsor of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2018. Alyssa Milano, Harper's BAZAAR, "Republicans Are Waging War on Women—and Two Women Can Stop Them," 20 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Chiuri, a committed feminist since her appointment three years ago at the French house, was instrumental in having Dior sponsoring the exhibition. Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, "In Milan, A New Exhibition Celebrates Italian Feminist Artists of the 1970s," 5 Apr. 2019 As a final gesture to everyone who joined in the festivities, the couple is working with Hope International to sponsor 130 orphaned children in China for an entire year. David Nash, Town & Country, "How to Throw the Ultimate Chinese New Year Celebration," 22 Feb. 2019 The two have set up a funding account for people who want to sponsor or donate money toward someone's retreat fees, focusing mainly on women with metastatic or stage four breast cancer. Alexis Jones, Woman's Day, "This Couple Is Giving Breast Cancer Survivors a Place to Call Paradise," 28 Sep. 2018 This is Mays’ fourth year in the summer jobs program, which sponsors more than $1 million in paid employment for 650 Boston youths at local nonprofit groups. Emily Williams, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston’s MLK Scholars gather for motivation, celebration," 13 July 2018 Lowering it to 1 percent was intended to encourage black market cannabis sellers to enter the legal industry and contribute to the local economy, said Supervisor Malia Cohen, who sponsored the legislation and is chair of the subcommittee. Trisha Thadani, SFChronicle.com, "SF supervisors committee tinkers with tax measures on cannabis, ride services," 13 July 2018 But John Koza, the leader of the NPVIC effort, says that as of last year 153 of the 156 Republican state legislators who sponsored NPVIC bills in 2016 are still on board. The Economist, "America’s electoral system gives the Republicans advantages over Democrats," 12 July 2018 The Senior Minor Repair Program, sponsored by the Enfield Commission on Aging, is ongoing. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 2 July 2018 The academy is a leadership development program sponsored by Harford Community College and the Harford County Chamber of Commerce, according to the HCC website. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Four candidates vying for District A seat on Harford County Council," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of sponsor

Noun

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1869, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sponsor

Noun

Late Latin, from Latin, guarantor, surety, from spondēre to promise — more at spouse

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sponsor

noun

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

sponsor

verb

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

: to be a sponsor for (something or someone)

sponsor

noun
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

sponsor

verb
sponsored; sponsoring

Kids Definition of sponsor (Entry 2 of 2)

: to act as sponsor for

sponsor

noun
spon·​sor

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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