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sponsor

[spon-ser] /ˈspɒn sər/
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)
5.
to act as sponsor for; promise, vouch, or answer for.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; < Latin spōnsor guarantor, equivalent to spond(ēre) to pledge + -tor -tor, with dt > s
Related forms
sponsorial
[spon-sawr-ee-uh l, -sohr-] /spɒnˈsɔr i əl, -ˈsoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
sponsorship, noun
unsponsored, adjective
Synonyms
1. patron, backer; guarantor. 2. advertiser. 5. guarantee, finance, back, underwrite.
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Examples for sponsor
  • Four represent the sponsor and five are unit owners.
  • sponsor student organizations and participate fully in department committees and community outreach.
  • What you read here is commentary by this debate's sponsor.
  • sponsor is not responsible for electronic transmission errors or for technical malfunctions of any kind.
  • Native entrepreneurs own skateboard companies and sponsor community-based skate teams.
  • The first television show to have a commercial sponsor debuts.
  • Others sponsor book clubs, give lectures to community art and literary groups, or write columns for the newspaper.
  • sponsor targeted training in these green initiatives of new hires and refreshers for existing employees.
  • Each faculty sponsor is limited to nominate one candidate each year.
  • The stability pact would surely wither if its chief sponsor defied it for a fourth year running.
British Dictionary definitions for sponsor

sponsor

/ˈspɒnsə/
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 & 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
6.
(transitive) to act as a sponsor for
Derived Forms
sponsorial (spɒnˈsɔːrɪəl) adjective
sponsorship, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, from spondēre to promise solemnly
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Word Origin and History for 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.

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Encyclopedia Article for sponsor

godfather

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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