Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who assumes responsibility for another person or a group during a period of instruction, apprenticeship, or probation.
  • n. One who vouches for the suitability of a candidate for admission.
  • n. A legislator who proposes and urges adoption of a bill.
  • n. One who presents a candidate for baptism or confirmation; a godparent.
  • n. One that finances a project or an event carried out by another person or group, especially a business enterprise that pays for radio or television programming in return for advertising time.
  • transitive v. To act as a sponsor for.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.
  • n. One that pays all or part of the cost of an event, a publication, or a media program, usually in exchange for advertising time.
  • n. A senior member of a twelve step or similar program assigned to a guide a new initiate and form a partnership with him
  • v. To be a sponsor for.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who binds himself to answer for another, and is responsible for his default; a surety.
  • n. One who at the baptism of an infant professes the Christian faith in its name, and guarantees its religious education; a godfather or godmother.
  • n. A person who vouches for another as fit for some post or task.
  • n. A person or group that assumes financial responsibility for some activity, and may or may not participate in its organization and execution.
  • n. A person or organization, usually a commercial organization, which pays the cost of an activity, such as a radio or television broadcast, and in return is given the right to advertise itself or its products as part of the activity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A surety; one who binds himself to answer for another, and is responsible for his default; specifically, one who is surety for an infant at baptism, professing the Christian faith in its name, and guaranteeing its religious education; a godfather or godmother. The custom of having sponsors in baptism is as old as the second century. See godfather.
  • n. In entomology, a genus of coleopterous insects.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an advocate who presents a person (as for an award or a degree or an introduction etc.)
  • v. assume responsibility for or leadership of
  • v. assume sponsorship of
  • n. someone who supports or champions something
  • v. do one's shopping at; do business with; be a customer or client of

Etymologies

Late Latin spōnsor, sponsor in baptism, from Latin, surety, from spōnsus, past participle of spondēre, to pledge; see spend- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin sponsor ("a surety", in Late Latin "a sponsor in baptism"), from sponsus, past participle of spondeō (Wiktionary)

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