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

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 Designed to resemble a deluxe cocktail party in space, The Spaceship will be home to post-screening parties, filmmaker conversations, panel discussions and sponsor events — and will be a place to connect with online festival attendees from all over. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Jan. 2022 The sponsor organizations are providing training, technical assistance, peer-to-peer support, and financial information. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Jan. 2022 After the initial public offering, the two, along with Chief Financial Officer Christopher Hubman would retain a roughly 19.5% stake in the SPAC through the sponsor. Maria Armental, WSJ, 13 Jan. 2022 Fundraisers proclaim sponsor generosity to reward and encourage further contributions. Washington Post, 12 Jan. 2022 The call for entries is now open for RX France‘s 2022 MipFormats International Pitch in Cannes, to be held for the first time with sponsor Fox Entertainment’s in-house unscripted studio, Fox Alternative Entertainment. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 12 Jan. 2022 Individuals and community organizations can also apply to form a sponsor circle to directly support Afghan evacuees. Rashika Jaipuriar, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Jan. 2022 The funding for this year’s golf champions came from ProMedica, a health care company that signed on as the women’s tournament’s first presenting sponsor. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 10 Jan. 2022 With the addition of the championship's first presenting sponsor in ProMedica, the purse has been elevated to $10 million for 2022, nearly doubling last year's purse of $5.5 million. Beth Ann Nichols, USA TODAY, 8 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Corporate behemoths like Coca-Cola, Airbnb, Bridgestone, Intel, Panasonic, Toyota and Visa are spending millions upon millions of dollars to sponsor the games. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Jan. 2022 Advertisers will also be able to sponsor videos posted to the @FoxSports and @FoxSoccer through Twitter’s Amplify program. J. Clara Chan, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Jan. 2022 There also are opportunities to sponsor a cage in the dog and cat adoption areas. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 11 Jan. 2022 In 2013, the president gave New Yorker Victor Mooney, a long-distance rower, $30,000 to sponsor a trans-Atlantic rowboat christened Spirit of Malabo. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, 2 Jan. 2022 The Globe reports that the company offered to sponsor Gagnon's trip after her video went viral, paying for her flight to London. Glenn Garner, PEOPLE.com, 31 Dec. 2021 To build the new industry, the Saudis are tapping their country’s oil wealth to fund homegrown productions, sponsor Saudi filmmakers to study abroad and establish domestic training schools, soundstages and studios. New York Times, 27 Dec. 2021 Flanagan said Gifts for the Elderly received enough donations to sponsor 700 bags. Tribune News Service, al, 25 Dec. 2021 Carter plans to sponsor a measure to prohibit a law enforcement officer from conducting a custodial interrogation of a child until the child has consulted with an attorney. Brian Witte, baltimoresun.com, 21 Dec. 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 27 Jan. 2022.

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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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