Definitions for sponsorˈspɒn sər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

spon•sorˈspɒn sər(n.)

  1. a person who vouches for, is responsible for, or supports a person or thing.

  2. a person, firm, organization, etc., that supports the cost of a radio or television program by buying time for advertising or promotion during the broadcast.

    Category: Showbiz

  3. a person or group that provides or pledges money for an undertaking or event:

    the corporate sponsors of a race.

  4. a person who makes a pledge or promise on behalf of another.

  5. a person who answers for an infant at baptism, making the required professions and assuming responsibility for the child's religious upbringing; godparent.

    Category: Religion

  6. (v.t.)to act as sponsor for.

Origin of sponsor:

1645–55; < L spōnsor guarantor =spond(ēre) to pledge +-tor -tor


Princeton's WordNet

  1. patron, sponsor, supporter(noun)

    someone who supports or champions something

  2. presenter, sponsor(verb)

    an advocate who presents a person (as for an award or a degree or an introduction etc.)

  3. sponsor, patronize, patronise(verb)

    assume sponsorship of

  4. sponsor(verb)

    assume responsibility for or leadership of

    "The senator announced that he would sponsor the health care plan"

  5. patronize, patronise, shop, shop at, buy at, frequent, sponsor(verb)

    do one's shopping at; do business with; be a customer or client of

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. sponsor(verb)ˈspɒn sər

    to pay for sth, usually receiving advertising in return

    The company sponsored the race.; a sponsor of the radio station's arts programming


  1. sponsor(Noun)

    A person or organisation with some sort of responsibility for another person or organisation, especially where the responsibility has a religious, legal, or financial aspect.

  2. sponsor(Noun)

    One that pays all or part of the cost of an event, a publication, or a media program, usually in exchange for advertising time.

    And now a word from our sponsor.

  3. sponsor(Noun)

    A senior member of a twelve step or similar program assigned to a guide a new initiate and form a partnership with him

    My narcotics anonymous sponsor became my best friend when I finally was able to do something about my meth problem.

  4. sponsor(Verb)

    To be a sponsor for.

  5. Origin: From sponsor, from sponsus, past participle of spondeo

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sponsor(noun)

    one who binds himself to answer for another, and is responsible for his default; a surety

  2. Sponsor(noun)

    one who at the baptism of an infant professore the christian faith in its name, and guarantees its religious education; a godfather or godmother


  1. Sponsor

    To sponsor something is to support an event, activity, person, or organization financially or through the provision of products or services. A sponsor is the individual or group that provides the support, similar to a benefactor.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. sponsor

    Military member or civilian employee with dependents.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sponsor' in Nouns Frequency: #2698

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sponsor' in Verbs Frequency: #819

Translations for sponsor

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to take on the financial responsibility for (a person, project etc), often as a form of advertising or for charity

The firm sponsors several golf tournaments.

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