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

Kevin and Regan Prior reprised as presenting sponsors; event chairs were Deborah Marengo, Jolene Perry, and Joan Waitt (whose nearby La Jolla hilltop was the venue for ten consecutive years). Vincent Andrunas, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Making dreams come true," 17 June 2019 He is set to be one of the faces of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, and is partnered with plenty of the games' biggest sponsors. SI.com, "The 100 Highest Paid Athletes in the World," 17 June 2019 Also on hand were Black women execs representing event sponsors AARP, Target and Kaiser Permanente. Donna M. Owens, Essence, "Museum Summit For Black Women Draws Yara Shahidi, Stacey Abrams And More," 17 June 2019 The bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Scott Simon, R-Abita Springs, and craft brewers thought its passage would be simple. nola.com, "Louisiana craft brewers tap into competition, slowing sales," 16 June 2019 The attorneys have demanded that children at Homestead be transferred to other, licensed facilities, or rapidly be placed with sponsor families. CBS News, "Protesters brave drenching downpour outside South Florida detention center for kids," 16 June 2019 In addition to a trophy, the MVP from each team for each game was given a $500 scholarship provided by sponsors. Elliott Lapin, Houston Chronicle, "All-Star Classic lets Crosby, Huffman seniors don jersey one more time," 16 June 2019 Some try to protect themselves by booking capital offshore; others limit themselves to high-quality borrowers and sponsors. The Economist, "Buy-out firms are the new banks in emerging markets," 14 June 2019 The game actually is a multi-day party, featuring drumline and dance competition, tailgate party, player-autograph sessions, food court, beer garden and interactive sponsor booths. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "5,000 volunteers sought for 2 Pro Football Hall of Fame events," 14 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Richard Phelps, who has sponsored the Globe scholar-athlete awards for 28 years, Boston Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy, high school sports editor Craig Larson, and sports editor Matt Pepin also addressed the group. Jenna Ciccotelli, BostonGlobe.com, "Region’s best scholar-athletes receive Richard Phelps honor," 16 June 2019 The tour features six gardens and is sponsored by Presbyterian Women of Knox Church to benefit Bridge Communities, a local nonprofit that helps homeless families become self sufficient. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "Naperville News Digest," 14 June 2019 But opponents blasted DeSantis for signing the measure, which was sponsored by Sen. Joe Gruters, a Sarasota Republican who doubles as chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, and Rep. Cord Byrd, R-Neptune Beach. orlandosentinel.com, "Gov. Ron DeSantis signs ‘sanctuary cities’ bill in Okaloosa," 13 June 2019 Democratic county Councilwoman Sunny Simon, who sponsored the bill and led the charge on a plastic bag ban for years, disagrees. Emily Bamforth, cleveland.com, "Greater Cleveland Partnership supports state bill which would repeal Cuyahoga County bag ban," 11 June 2019 Patoka, a Pikesville Democrat who co-sponsored Marks’ bill, said the country club exemption didn’t target one club in particular and was meant to give time for careful planning. Alison Knezevich, baltimoresun.com, "New Baltimore County developer fees aim to cover cost of schools, roads. But the revenue is likely years away.," 10 June 2019 Recently, The Jane Club teamed up with jewelry designer Kendra Scott, who sponsored a brunch for caretakers and educated them on the rights of domestic workers in California. Prue Lewington, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Jane Club Is the Ultimate Work Space for Moms," 14 Dec. 2018 The Oscars of sports, the EPSYs are sponsored by ESPN and attract the biggest stars in sports. Anchorage Daily News, "ESPY nominee Andrew Kurka is just part of the gang at a Challenge Alaska bike ride," 29 June 2018 The measures were originally pushed in a stand-alone bill sponsored by state Sen. Jacqueline Collins, D-Chicago, but later tucked into the massive budget bill that lawmakers passed Sunday. Joe Mahr, chicagotribune.com, "Understaffed nursing homes face hefty fines under newly passed Illinois legislation," 4 June 2019

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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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