- 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 sponsoring
As the names of the sponsoring organizations suggest, the new survey was particularly interested in the role of religion.Extreme Weather? Blame the End Times
November 28, 2014
She skewers the Nature Conservancy for sponsoring oil drilling on their property for profit.Naomi Klein’s ‘This Changes Everything’ Will Change Nothing
November 17, 2014
On the Senate side, Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy is sponsoring companion legislation.Obama’s Civil Rights Snub?
June 24, 2014
He laughed at rumors that Moscow is sponsoring the group with so much cash it could fly around in private helicopters.Putin’s Men in Ukraine: We’re Not Giving In
April 18, 2014
Nike Chairman Phil Knight has previously said that sponsoring a gay athlete is a nonissue.Meet Jason Collins, the First Gay Athlete in Major American Sports
April 29, 2013
We are sponsoring a contest among those members who are interested in forestry.
So our captain says he will defeat Stonewall Cogswell in return for you sponsoring his becoming a member of the nation's elite.Mercenary
Dallas McCord Reynolds
The article described how some of the most prominent women in metropolitan society were sponsoring the dances.In a Little Town
He said he was paying the standard room and food rate, and said "I want to make it clear they are not sponsoring me."Warren Commission (11 of 26): Hearings Vol. XI (of 15)
The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
He hoped that in case I did push off I wouldn't disgrace myself—and him, who was sponsoring me, so to speak—by not keeping going.Down the Yellowstone
Lewis R. Freeman
- (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 sponsoring
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.