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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 from the web for sponsored
  • The sculptures will be painted by selected local artists and sponsored by local businesses.
  • Plans for city-sponsored open-air movies would also be scrapped.
  • Notably, school-sponsored sporting events are generally exempt.
  • If you want to join an event sponsored by another group, find an event from our list of locations.
  • The real danger about preparing for state-sponsored cyber war is in not being ready.
  • Corporations also have committees looking at how their money goes to their sponsored and supported scientists.
  • Most in this town have, thanks to workshops sponsored by the government and various nonprofit groups.
  • Commercially sponsored research is putting at risk the paramount value of higher education-disinterested inquiry.
  • Yet her well-padded, auspiciously sponsored life was not an easy one.
  • US-sponsored bilateral negotiations have become a formula for sustaining an otherwise untenable status quo.
British Dictionary definitions for sponsored

sponsored

/ˈspɒnsəd/
adjective
1.
denoting an activity organized to raise money for a charity in which sponsors agree to donate money on completion of the activity, or a specified period or amount of it, by participants: a sponsored walk

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 sponsored

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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