- a person who vouches or is responsible for a person or thing.
- a person, firm, organization, etc., that finances and buys the time to broadcast a radio or television program so as to advertise a product, a political party, etc.
- a person who makes a pledge or promise on behalf of another.
- a person who answers for an infant at baptism, making the required professions and assuming responsibility for the child's religious upbringing; godfather or godmother.
- to act as sponsor for; promise, vouch, or answer for.
Origin of sponsor
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Examples from the Web for sponsored
Just this year we sponsored the Reaching Out MBA Conference and in that conference I introduced my fiancé to everybody.
The summit is sponsored by Credit Suisse, the Ford Foundation, and the Investigation Discovery Network.Here’s a Reform Even the Koch Brothers and George Soros Can Agree On
November 10, 2014
Two polls, one sponsored by USA Today, the other by Public Policy Polling, showed no gender gap in Kentucky.Dems Desperately Seeking the Gender Gap
October 28, 2014
Instead, Booker took softballs during a cocktail event, sponsored by Bank of America.The Ugly Truth About Cory Booker, New Jersey’s Golden Boy
October 20, 2014
Mitchell has close ties with Sen. Jerry Tillman, the lawmaker who sponsored the bill.At This Creepy Libertarian Charter School, Kids Must Swear ‘to Be Obedient to Those in Authority’
October 15, 2014
He felt that he had sponsored and developed the lame man as a detective.The Winning Clue
James Hay, Jr.
The act was his; a greater mind than his, though, had sponsored the act.Sundry Accounts
Irvin S. Cobb
Radio communication, vehicle driving, marksmanship, and many other subjects are sponsored at year-round classes in local areas.Area Handbook for Bulgaria
Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
The thing read like a Chamber of Commerce bulletin that had been sponsored by a subdivider.The Moralist
Summer camps, rallies and fairs were also sponsored by 4-H Clubs.Frying Pan Farm
Elizabeth Brown Pryor
- denoting an activity organized to raise money for a charity in which sponsors agree to donate money on completion of the activity, or a specified period or amount of it, by participantsa sponsored walk
- (a person or group that provides funds for an activity, esp)
- a commercial organization that pays all or part of the cost of putting on a concert, sporting event, etc
- a person who donates money to a charity when the person requesting the donation has performed a specified activity as part of an organized fund-raising effort
- mainly US and Canadian a person or business firm that pays the costs of a radio or television programme in return for advertising time
- a legislator who presents and supports a bill, motion, etc
- Also called: godparent
- an authorized witness who makes the required promises on behalf of a person to be baptized and thereafter assumes responsibility for his Christian upbringing
- a person who presents a candidate for confirmation
- mainly US a person who undertakes responsibility for the actions, statements, obligations, etc, of another, as during a period of apprenticeship; guarantor
- (tr) to act as a sponsor for
Word Origin and History for sponsored
1650s, from Late Latin sponsor "sponsor in baptism," in Latin "a surety, guarantee," from sponsus, past participle of spondere "give assurance, promise solemnly" (see spondee). Sense of "person who pays for a radio (or, after 1947, TV) program" is first recorded 1931. The verb is attested from 1884, "to favor or support;" commercial broadcasting sense is from 1931.