Definition of sponsor in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈspɒnsə/


1A person or organization that pays for or contributes to the costs involved in staging a sporting or artistic event in return for advertising: the production cost £50,000, most coming from local sponsors
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  • For example, be a sponsor of a local art contest or an artist award.
  • The competition was such a positive experience because it was so well organized and because everyone involved - volunteers, sponsors - was excited about the event.
  • The Water Tower sponsors such events as art classes, auctions and a local film festival, in addition to housing gallery space for cutting-edge artworks.
1.1A person who pledges to donate a certain amount of money to another person after they have participated in a fundraising event organized on behalf of a charity.
1.2chiefly US A business or organization that pays for or contributes to the costs of a radio or television programme in return for advertising: NBC found a sponsor willing to put the election up on prime time
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  • The broadcaster was one of those who lead the charge, using private money when the television sponsors refused to finance their programme.
  • The last thing the media want is something with any hint of reality, any threatening sound or sentiment that disturbs the cosy world of MTV, sponsors and commercial radio.
  • Would the sponsors and the television network be happy with do-overs?
backer, patron, promoter, subsidizer, benefactor, benefactress, guarantor, underwriter, supporter, friend
informal angel
rare Maecenas
2A person who introduces and supports a proposal for legislation: a leading sponsor of the bill
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  • Cooperatives can help bring stability, economic development and democracy according to a principal sponsor of the legislation.
  • The California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, the sponsor of this bill, states that hundreds, if not thousands, of people are affected annually by pesticide exposures.
  • Eventually, the lead sponsor of the bill, and member of the Senate Judiciary Committee testified to the Senate Agriculture Committee.
2.1A person taking official responsibility for the actions of another: they act as sponsors and contacts for new immigrants
2.2A godparent at a child’s baptism.
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  • Sir Walter's involvement as a sponsor for his own child would not have required his own adult baptism or re-baptism.
2.3(Especially in the Roman Catholic Church) a person presenting a candidate for confirmation: Paul has asked me to be his sponsor for confirmation next month


[with object]
1Provide funds for (a project or activity or the person carrying it out): Joe is being sponsored by a government training scheme
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  • The Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art sponsored the art project and exhibited the photo in August.
  • He sponsors the project and watches the costs rocket to over a million above the original budget.
  • The project was sponsored by the US Government and cost more than $1,000,000.
finance, put up the money for, fund, subsidize, underwrite, back, promote, lend one's name to, be a patron of, act as guarantor of, support
informal foot the bill for, pick up the tab for
North American informal bankroll
1.1Pay some or all of the costs involved in staging (a sporting or artistic event) in return for advertising: the event is sponsored by Cathay Pacific
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  • Those businesses that don't host an artist will often sponsor the events.
  • The funny thing is, many sponsors just do not realize that they can get a lot more mileage sponsoring women's events.
  • We are delighted that KITT, manufacturers of quality equestrian products and safety items, are sponsoring these events.
1.2Pledge to donate a certain sum of money to (someone) after they have participated in a fundraising event for charity: she wishes to thank all those people who sponsored her
1.3 (often as adjective sponsored) Pledge to donate money to a participant in (a fund-raising event): they raised £70 by a sponsored walk
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  • The Japanese don't have a tradition of raising money by sponsored walks, nor generally of giving to charity, unlike in the West.
2Introduce and support (a proposal) in a legislative assembly: a Labour MP sponsored the bill
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  • A bipartisan coalition of some 50 members backs the House bill, sponsored by U.S. Reps.
  • Kaptur sponsored a bill in the House of Representatives to toughen the Agricultural Fair Practices Act, which protects farmers in bargaining groups from retribution.
  • Earlier this year, McCain and Joseph Lieberman sponsored a bipartisan bill calling for cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.
2.1Propose and organize (negotiations or talks) between other people or groups: the USA sponsored negotiations between the two sides
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  • At the end of last month the US held talks with North Korea in a meeting sponsored by China.



Pronunciation: /spɒnˈsɔːrɪəl/


Mid 17th century (as a noun): from Latin, from spondere 'promise solemnly'. The verb dates from the late 19th century.

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