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

What has really excited organizers, sponsors and fans are the huge TV audiences in territories that have previously proved indifferent to the women's game. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "Women's World Cup Smashes Global Ratings Records," 1 July 2019 Disclosure: The University of Texas at Austin has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Alex Samuels, Houston Chronicle, "National media outlets told the story of David Briscoe surviving the Santa Fe shooting. He wasn’t th," 1 July 2019 The event chairs welcomed everyone, thanking the committee and numerous sponsors. San Diego Union-Tribune, "For the children," 1 July 2019 More potential funders have stepped forward After corporate sponsors came up with an initial $56,000, the crowdfunding began, and friends of Ann began opening up their own wallets to give money. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "The crowdfunding for Mass Ave. sculpture Ann Dancing is over. Here's what happens next.," 30 June 2019 Corporate sponsors and rugby authorities have tried to distance themselves. Rhiannon Hoyle, WSJ, "Australian Rugby Star’s Anti-Gay Post Exposes Fault Lines Over Religious Freedom," 30 June 2019 Glaad now has 70 corporate sponsors — up from 30 in 2014 — in part because Ms. Ellis and Ms. Getty started to hold annual events at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Brooks Barnes, New York Times, "Glaad’s Bold New Campaign: an L.G.B.T. Constitutional Amendment," 29 June 2019 The office will then help reunite children with family members or sponsors. oregonlive.com, "An Oregon lawyer visited border patrol facilities in the El Paso sector; here’s what she knows and what it means.," 29 June 2019 That number is expected to be even larger this year, with participation from community organizations, corporate sponsors, political candidates, activists and more. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Thousands are expected to take to NYC streets to celebrate WorldPride," 29 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The bill, sponsored by House Speaker Tina Kotek, aims to address rising housing costs by increasing the supply of smaller homes, particularly in desirable neighborhoods. oregonlive.com, "Bill to eliminate single-family zoning in Oregon neighborhoods passes final legislative hurdle," 30 June 2019 The Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering was established last year by the state legislature in a bill sponsored by state Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al.com, "Huntsville council head airs concerns over cyber school," 28 June 2019 Avon, a beauty and cosmetics company, became the first such firm to sponsor a women’s professional football club, after agreeing to an exclusive deal with Liverpool Ladies FC. M.s., The Economist, "Women’s football is flourishing, on the pitch and off it," 24 June 2019 Nielsen is looking for a casino to sponsor and host the building of this next pyramid. Molly Hudson, azcentral, "Phoenix YouTuber says it took common cents to build record-setting pyramid," 20 June 2019 The mission is also the latest round in an ongoing contest of sorts between government-sponsored and privately operated weather data collection systems, a competition that many observers hope will result in better forecasts that cost less money. Eric Niiler, WIRED, "Weather Forecasts Will Soon Use Weird, Bendy GPS Signals," 18 June 2019 The Maryland General Assembly passed a bill sponsored by Del. Maggie McIntosh, a Baltimore Democrat, that would award the organization an additional $3.2 million in state funding for the next two fiscal years. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "How the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra found itself in trouble," 17 June 2019 Sanders said at the time that the bill, sponsored by Biden, was a compromise that included funding for investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women and a 10-year ban on semiautomatic firearms. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Nearly all Democratic candidates oppose death penalty as public opinion shifts," 16 June 2019 That occurred last month when a bill sponsored by state Sen. Melinda Bush, D-Grayslake, was adopted and sent to Gov. J.B. Pritzker for his signature. Charles Selle, Lake County News-Sun, "Selle: Waukegan blast lawsuit a dud when compared to EtO risks," 10 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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