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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Another sponsor, Southwest General Hospital, provided 75 gift cards to Grindstone Tap House to nursing students at Baldwin-Wallace University, which the health care center works closely with. Brenda Cain, cleveland, 13 May 2022 That amendment passed in a 65-26 vote, leading bill sponsor Rep. Danny McCormick (R) to shelve the legislation. Alison Durkee, Forbes, 13 May 2022 Marty Rodgers, market unit lead in the US South for Accenture, our workshop’s sponsor, worked on Capitol Hill and in community service in New Mexico before joining the private sector. Heather Landy, Quartz, 12 May 2022 The bill's sponsor, state Rep. Danny McCormick, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News. Bynadine El-bawab, ABC News, 12 May 2022 The rest of the session was devoted to questions about the legislation, most of which seemed to make the bill’s sponsor, state Representative Rebecca Alexander, uncomfortable. Becca Andrews, The New Republic, 9 May 2022 Murkowski's co-sponsor, Maine Sen. Susan Collins, declined CBS News' request for comment at the Capitol on Tuesday. Scott Macfarlane, CBS News, 4 May 2022 The side view of her dress is just as gorgeous as the front, with the red and black plaid giving a nod to both British fashion and that year's sponsor, Burberry. ELLE, 30 Apr. 2022 Capital One is the festival’s multi-year title sponsor (Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage) and its official bank and credit card. Jem Aswad, Variety, 26 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Even newsrooms in the US rarely sponsor foreigners for this visa. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 6 Apr. 2022 Hook and Drag tournament set for April 16: In a back to the future move, the LEWT and Bay’s Edge Bait & Tackle in Port Clinton will team up to sponsor the new Hook and Drag Tournament for Friday, April 16. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, 31 Mar. 2022 Zags Outdoor apparel brand Cotopaxi — which recently opened a retail store at 816 N.W. 23rd Ave. — will sponsor this drag brunch featuring food and painting lessons at the Hotel Zags. oregonlive, 23 Apr. 2022 Dog Race said Wednesday the hotel will no longer sponsor the event after this year’s race. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Feb. 2022 In conjunction with their Annual Penny-A-Thon drive to help those in need, the Indiana Dons, Inc., and Donnettes will sponsor a Radio-A-Thon on WLTH Radio from 6 a.m. to Noon on Friday. Post-tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, 7 Dec. 2021 Olmsted Township will sponsor a document shred day from 9 a.m. to noon April 23 at its service garage, 7924 Fitch Road. cleveland, 4 Apr. 2022 Sire Spirits also will sponsor the team's annual Black Sports Professional Career Fair, the annual Black History Night and other fundraisers. Matt Young, Chron, 17 Mar. 2022 It will be held yearly; Westland and C.C. Filson will jointly sponsor one team called team Coldfoot, and the Kraken will cover the other two. Hudson Lindenberger, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 18 May. 2022.

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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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