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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Other Words from sponsor


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 This event is made possible through the generosity of co-sponsor Hoffman SummerWood. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 19 Nov. 2020 Five percent rely on a foreign government or university, and 0.4% rely on a foreign private sponsor. David L. Di Maria, The Conversation, "US colleges report a 43% decline in new international student enrollment, and not just because of the pandemic," 19 Nov. 2020 The contribution is the largest single donation San Diego Oasis has received from a corporate sponsor or partner in the history of the nonprofit organization, said Simona Valanciute, Oasis president and CEO. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cox donates $300,000 to support free tech education at San Diego Oasis," 16 Nov. 2020 Carroll Bradford has committed to remain the presenting sponsor for the next several years. John Cutter, orlandosentinel.com, "Carroll Bradford : No. 1 in medium category," 14 Nov. 2020 Valerio wears silk long underwear from L.L. Bean, a sponsor, but also recommends plus-size options from brands prAna and Oiselle. Jen Rose Smith, CNN, "There is (almost) no such thing as bad weather: How to dress warmly for winter fun," 13 Nov. 2020 Pepsi, the longtime sponsor for the Super Bowl performance event, announced the news today with Roc Nation, Jay-Z's entertainment company, as part of an ongoing partnership. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Weeknd Will Perform at the 2021 Super Bowl Halftime Show," 12 Nov. 2020 Navy and Marine ships traditionally have a female sponsor in addition to a municipal sponsorship from a city or town, according to Navy veteran Bill Spence. Jamie Landers, The Arizona Republic, "Granddaughter honors Pearl Harbor survivor through USS Arizona sponsorship in Gilbert," 11 Nov. 2020 Orphan drug designation'' means special status to a drug or biological product a rare disease or condition upon request of a sponsor, according to the FDA. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "Alex Trebek dead at 80: Why pancreatic cancer is so deadly," 9 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb It is sponsored by The Fleet Reserve Association's Branch 222, which will sponsor interested students in grades seven through 12. NOLA.com, "Last call for Americanism contest essays," 23 Nov. 2020 Bringing enrollment numbers back up safely will prove crucial for researchers running clinical trials and the drug companies that sponsor them. Priyanka Runwal, STAT, "Cancer clinical trial enrollment has plummeted. Will patients come back amid Covid-19?," 12 Nov. 2020 Now repeat that for women’s basketball, wrestling and men’s and women’s hockey for schools that sponsor those sports. Chip Scoggins, Star Tribune, "NCAA decision on testing rules could impact whether schools restart sports," 27 Oct. 2020 The historic normalization treaty was announced in a joint statement on Friday, just days after President Trump tweeted that the African country would be removed from its list of countries that sponsor terrorism. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Iran blasts former ally Sudan over Israel normalization announcement," 24 Oct. 2020 The County Executive’s office sponsored the guide with support from APG-FCU Credit Union, which both normally sponsor the Veterans Resource Fair. baltimoresun.com, "Submissions sought for Harford County Veterans Photo Gallery of Honor," 23 Oct. 2020 Join Leadership Medina County alumni and businesses by donating $100 and sponsor the Celebrating Excellence in Leadership Awards. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Community Service Day still popular even after long delay: Whit & Whimsey," 23 Oct. 2020 Some of the families who have been identified have decided their children would be safer in the United States than in their home countries, and elected for the children to stay with friends or family members who agreed to sponsor them. Caitlin Dickerson, New York Times, "Parents of 545 Children Separated at the Border Cannot Be Found," 21 Oct. 2020 So, the obvious question is why the Anchorage Chamber would sponsor such a negative contest. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "A 1944 contest asked the question: “What’s wrong with Anchorage?” This was the winning response.," 6 Sep. 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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25 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sponsor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sponsor. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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How to pronounce sponsor (audio)

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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