- The definition of sponsor is to provide funding for something, or to pledge to fund something.
When you pay for an event to take place, this is an example of a situation where you sponsor an event.
- a person or agency that undertakes certain responsibilities in connection with some other person or some group or activity, as in being a proponent, endorser, advisor, underwriter, surety, etc.
- a godfather or godmother; person who answers for a child, as at baptism, making the profession of faith and the promises prescribed
- in some Christian denominations, a person who acts as patron for someone being confirmed
- ☆ a business firm or other agency that alone or with others pays the costs of a radio or television program on which it advertises or promotes something
Origin of sponsorClassical Latin surety ; from spondere, to promise solemnly ; from Indo-European base an unverified form spend-, to bring a libation, vow from source Classical Greek spendein, to promise, spondē, libation
- One who assumes responsibility for another person or a group during a period of instruction, apprenticeship, or probation.
- One who vouches for the suitability of a candidate for admission, as to an organization.
- A legislator who proposes and urges adoption of a bill.
- Christianity One who presents a candidate for baptism or confirmation; a godparent.
- One that finances a project, event, or organization directed by another person or group, such as a business enterprise that pays for radio or television programming in return for advertising time.
transitive verbspon·sored, spon·sor·ing, spon·sors
Origin of sponsorLate Latin spōnsor, sponsor in baptism, from Latin, surety, from spōnsus, past participle of spondēre, to pledge; see spend- in Indo-European roots.
- 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.
- He was my sponsor when I applied to join the club.
- They were my sponsors for immigration.
- 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.
- 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.
(third-person singular simple present sponsors, present participle sponsoring, simple past and past participle sponsored)
- To be a sponsor for.
From Latin sponsor (“a surety", in Late Latin "a sponsor in baptism”), from sponsus, past participle of spondeō
sponsor - Investment & Finance Definition
See general partner.