sponsor

noun
spon·​sor | \ˈspän(t)-sər \

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 \

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 \ adjective
sponsorship \ˈspän(t)-​sər-​ˌship \ 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

Spencer Platt/Getty Images The Trump administration is in discussions to label Venezuela a state sponsor of terrorism, according to two US officials. Alex Ward, Vox, "The US may name Venezuela as a state sponsor of terrorism. Here’s why that could backfire.," 20 Nov. 2018 Khalilzad's appointment was also unwelcome news in Pakistan because of his outspoken attacks on its military and powerful ISI intelligence agency, even suggesting Washington should declare Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism. Fox News, "US Defense secretary makes surprise visit to war-weary Kabul," 7 Sep. 2018 Children spend an average of 57 days in shelters before they're placed with a sponsor. Colleen Long, chicagotribune.com, "Trump administration says eligible migrant children reunited with families, but some parents already deported," 12 July 2018 Forcing her to continue an unwanted pregnancy just in the hopes of finding a sponsor that has not been found in the past six weeks sacrifices J.D.’s constitutional liberty, autonomy, and personal dignity for no justifiable governmental reason. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Will Kill Roe," 11 July 2018 The Tour moved away from Trump National Doral Miami — site of an event since 1962 — due to the lack of a title sponsor to replace departing Cadillac. Edgar Thompson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "PGA sets schedule, officially reinstates true Florida Swing," 10 July 2018 For instance, a mother with a young child might decide to stay together in detention, while a mother with an older teen might elect for a shelter or to be placed with a sponsor. Kristina Davis, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Trump administration says detained parents must decide whether to keep families intact," 10 July 2018 Proponents of the resolutions then struggled to find a new sponsor, as more than a dozen countries feared retaliation. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Trump Administration Opposes Major Breastfeeding Resolution," 8 July 2018 Historically, unaccompanied minors — who tended to be teens — found a sponsor in about a month and a half. Christina Jewett And Shefali Luthra, star-telegram, "Immigrant toddlers ordered to appear in court alone," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Maryland Humanities sponsors Chautauqua events around the state, not just in Baltimore County. Cody Boteler, baltimoresun.com, "'Seeking Justice 2018': CCBC and Maryland Humanities bring history to life," 9 July 2018 Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch are sponsoring the IPO. Hallie Detrick, Fortune, "China's 'Amazon of Services' Is About to Have Hong Kong's Latest Monster IPO," 25 June 2018 Pump It Up, a children’s amusement center with inflatable indoor playgrounds, will be sponsoring the event. Leah Brennan, Columbia Flier, "Yes, there's an app for Howard's sparkling July 4 fireworks," 25 June 2018 Earlier in the week Carson, along with all his Democratic colleagues, co-sponsored the Keep Families Together Act to prevent immigration officials from separating children from parents. Jordyn Hermani, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana's elected officials react to Trump executive order on immigrant families," 20 June 2018 Ford even sponsored a study by Virginia Tech researchers to see how pedestrians and other road users responded to a self-driving car. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Ford’s plan for driverless cars goes beyond technology," 24 Oct. 2018 Also sponsors a master’s degree in public leadership specifically for members of the military community, at the University of San Francisco. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Thank You For Your Service. Now What?," 17 Oct. 2018 Ajello has sponsored unsuccessful legislation that would strike several old state laws. Washington Post, "Supreme Court could return abortion debate to the states," 12 July 2018 Over the past year, Cohen, who was elected to the board in 2010, sponsored a citywide ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products and also chaired the Budget and Finance Committee, which recently signed off on the city’s $11 billion budget. Trisha Thadani, SFChronicle.com, "Cohen’s goal for SF Board of Supervisors’ presidency — a sense of stability," 10 July 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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The first known use of sponsor was in 1651

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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 \

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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