sponsor

[spon-ser]
See more synonyms for sponsor on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. a person who vouches or is responsible for a person or thing.
  2. 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.
  3. a person who makes a pledge or promise on behalf of another.
  4. 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.
verb (used with object)
  1. to act as sponsor for; promise, vouch, or answer for.

Origin of sponsor

1645–55; < Latin spōnsor guarantor, equivalent to spond(ēre) to pledge + -tor -tor, with dt > s
Related formsspon·so·ri·al [spon-sawr-ee-uhl, -sohr-] /spɒnˈsɔr i əl, -ˈsoʊr-/, adjectivespon·sor·ship, nounun·spon·sored, adjective

Synonyms for sponsor

See more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for sponsored

subsidize, finance, back, fund, bankroll, guarantee, stake, grubstake, patronize

Examples from the Web for sponsored

Contemporary Examples of sponsored

Historical Examples of sponsored

  • 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

    Jack Taylor

  • Summer camps, rallies and fairs were also sponsored by 4-H Clubs.

    Frying Pan Farm

    Elizabeth Brown Pryor


British Dictionary definitions for sponsored

sponsored

adjective
  1. 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

sponsor

noun
  1. (a person or group that provides funds for an activity, esp)
    1. a commercial organization that pays all or part of the cost of putting on a concert, sporting event, etc
    2. 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
  2. mainly US and Canadian a person or business firm that pays the costs of a radio or television programme in return for advertising time
  3. a legislator who presents and supports a bill, motion, etc
  4. Also called: godparent
    1. an authorized witness who makes the required promises on behalf of a person to be baptized and thereafter assumes responsibility for his Christian upbringing
    2. a person who presents a candidate for confirmation
  5. mainly US a person who undertakes responsibility for the actions, statements, obligations, etc, of another, as during a period of apprenticeship; guarantor
verb
  1. (tr) to act as a sponsor for
Derived Formssponsorial (spɒnˈsɔːrɪəl), adjectivesponsorship, noun

Word Origin for sponsor

C17: from Latin, from spondēre to promise solemnly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for sponsored

sponsor

n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper