- 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 sponsorships
Shortly thereafter, Ohanian founded Breadpig, a site that assists creators with crowdfunding, sponsorships, and business strategy.The 'Mayor of the Internet' Fights the Good Fight
August 26, 2014
As the economy falters, costs of competition rise and sponsorships dwindle.Gabby Douglas, Ryan Lochte: Why Families of America’s Olympics Athletes Are Broke
August 7, 2012
It was the introduction of television that brought in the money and sponsorships.Break Dancing's Big Break?
April 9, 2010
- (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 sponsorships
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.