|1.||a person or group that provides funds for an activity, esp|
|a. a commercial organization that pays all or part of the cost of putting on a concert, sporting event, etc|
|b. 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.||chiefly (US), (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|
|a. an authorized witness who makes the required promises on behalf of a person to be baptized and thereafter assumes responsibility for his Christian upbringing|
|b. a person who presents a candidate for confirmation|
|5.||chiefly (US) a person who undertakes responsibility for the actions, statements, obligations, etc, of another, as during a period of apprenticeship; guarantor|
|6.||(tr) to act as a sponsor for|
|[C17: from Latin, from spondēre to promise solemnly]|
one who stands surety for another in the rite of Christian baptism. In the modern baptism of an infant or child the godparent or godparents make profession of faith for the person being baptized (the godchild) and assume an obligation to serve as proxies for the parents if the parents either are unable or neglect to provide for the religious training of the child, in fulfillment of baptismal promises. In churches mandating a sponsor only one godparent is required; two (in most churches, of different sex) are permitted. Many Protestant denominations permit but do not require godparents to join the infant's natural parents as sponsors. In the Roman Catholic Church godparents must be of the Catholic faith.
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