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Sponsor definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

SPONSOR, n. [L.] A surety; one who binds himself to answer for another, and is responsible for his default. In the church, the sponsors in baptism are sureties for the education of the child baptized.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: someone who supports or champions something [syn: patron, sponsor, supporter]
2: an advocate who presents a person (as for an award or a degree or an introduction etc.) [syn: presenter, sponsor] v
1: assume sponsorship of [syn: sponsor, patronize, patronise]
2: assume responsibility for or leadership of; "The senator announced that he would sponsor the health care plan"
3: do one's shopping at; do business with; be a customer or client of [syn: patronize, patronise, shop, shop at, buy at, frequent, sponsor] [ant: boycott]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Late Latin, from Latin, guarantor, surety, from spond?re to promise more at spouse Date: 1651 1. one who presents a candidate for baptism or confirmation and undertakes responsibility for the person's religious education or spiritual welfare 2. one who assumes responsibility for some other person or thing 3. a person or an organization that pays for or plans and carries out a project or activity; especially one that pays the cost of a radio or television program usually in return for advertising time during its course sponsorial adjective sponsorship noun II. transitive verb (sponsored; sponsoring) Date: 1869 to be or stand sponsor for

U.S. Military Dictionary

Military member or civilian employee with dependents.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 a person who supports an activity done for charity by pledging money in advance. 2 a a person or organization that promotes or supports an artistic or sporting activity etc. b esp. US a business organization that promotes a broadcast programme in return for advertising time. 3 an organization lending support to an election candidate. 4 a person who introduces a proposal for legislation. 5 a godparent at baptism or esp. RC Ch. a person who presents a candidate for confirmation. 6 a person who makes himself or herself responsible for another. --v.tr. be a sponsor for. Derivatives: sponsorial adj. sponsorship n. Etymology: L (as SPONSION)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Sponsor Spon"sor, n. [L., from spondere, sponsum, to engage one's self. See Spose.] 1. One who binds himself to answer for another, and is responsible for his default; a surety. 2. One who at the baptism of an infant professore the christian faith in its name, and guarantees its religious education; a godfather or godmother.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(sponsors, sponsoring, sponsored) Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. 1. If an organization or an individual sponsors something such as an event or someone's training, they pay some or all of the expenses connected with it, often in order to get publicity for themselves. The competition was sponsored by Ruinart Champagne... = finance VERB: V n 2. In Britain, if you sponsor someone who is doing something to raise money for charity, for example trying to walk a certain distance, you agree to give them a sum of money for the charity if they succeed in doing it. Please could you sponsor me for my school's campaign for Help the Aged? VERB: V n 3. If you sponsor a proposal or suggestion, you officially put it forward and support it. Eight senators sponsored legislation to stop the military funding. VERB: V n 4. When a country or an organization such as the United Nations sponsors negotiations between countries, it suggests holding the negotiations and organizes them. Given the strength of pressure on both sides, the superpowers may well have difficulties sponsoring negotiations... VERB: V n 5. If one country accuses another of sponsoring attacks on it, they mean that the other country does not do anything to prevent the attacks, and may even encourage them. We have to make the states that sponsor terrorism pay a price. = support VERB: V n 6. If a company or organization sponsors a television programme, they pay to have a special advertisement shown at the beginning and end of the programme, and at each commercial break. Companies will now be able to sponsor programmes on ITV and Channel 4. VERB: V n 7. A sponsor is a person or organization that sponsors something or someone. I understand Coca-Cola are to be named as the new sponsors of the League Cup later this week... N-COUNT

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Surety. 2. Godfather or godmother.

Moby Thesaurus

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