• (RP) IPA: /ˈspɒn.sə/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈspɑn.səɹ/
  1. A person or organisation with some sort of responsibility for another person or organisation, especially where the responsibility has a religious, legal, or financial aspect.
    hyponyms en
    He was my sponsor when I applied to join the club.
    They were my sponsors for immigration.
    • 1908, W[illiam] B[lair] M[orton] Ferguson, chapter I, in Zollenstein, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 731476803 ↗:
      The colonel and his sponsor made a queer contrast: Greystone [the sponsor] long and stringy, with a face that seemed as if a cold wind was eternally playing on it. […] But there was not a more lascivious reprobate and gourmand in all London than this same Greystone.
    1. A senior member of a twelve step or similar program assigned to a guide a new initiate and form a partnership with him.
      My narcotics anonymous sponsor became my best friend when I finally was able to do something about my meth problem.
  2. One that pays all or part of the cost of an event, a publication, or a media program, usually in exchange for advertising time.
    Synonyms: patron, underwriter
    And now a word from our sponsor.
Translations Translations Verb

sponsor (sponsors, present participle sponsoring; past and past participle sponsored)

  1. (transitive) To be a sponsor for.

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