• WordNet 3.6
    • v sponsor assume sponsorship of
    • v sponsor assume responsibility for or leadership of "The senator announced that he would sponsor the health care plan"
    • v sponsor do one's shopping at; do business with; be a customer or client of
    • n sponsor someone who supports or champions something
    • n sponsor an advocate who presents a person (as for an award or a degree or an introduction etc.)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Mr. Peanut was invented in 1916 by a Suffolk, Virginia schoolchild who won $5 in a design contest sponsored by Planters Peanuts.
    • Sponsor A person or group that assumes financial responsibility for some activity, and may or may not participate in its organization and execution.
    • Sponsor 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; as, now a word from our sponsor .
    • Sponsor A person who vouches for another as fit for some post or task; as, one needs two sponsors to be considered for membership.
    • Sponsor One who at the baptism of an infant professes the Christian faith in its name, and guarantees its religious education; a godfather or godmother.
    • Sponsor One who binds himself to answer for another, and is responsible for his default; a surety.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sponsor 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 sponsor In entomology, a genus of coleopterous insects.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sponsor spon′sur one who promises solemnly for another: a surety: a godfather or godmother
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  • Joseph Brodsky
    “The poetic notion of infinity is far greater than that which is sponsored by any creed.”
  • Susan Sontag
    “Fear of sexuality is the new, disease-sponsored register of the universe of fear in which everyone now lives.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., from spondere, sponsum, to engage one's self. See Spouse
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—spondēre, sponsum, to promise.


In literature:

Finally, "Uncle Amos" Rathbun heard of it and told Kellogg to give himself no concern about "the boy," that he would stand sponsor for him.
"Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman" by J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
Scuffy simply and promptly assumed a place in camp and Bucks became, willy-nilly, his sponsor.
"The Mountain Divide" by Frank H. Spearman
Annibale de' Franchi, whose proud surname was henceforth to be Joseph's, stood sponsor.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
The queen and the Maestre de Calatrava, in the absence of the king, are to be the sponsors.
"Gomez Arias" by Joaquín Telesforo de Trueba y Cosío
In June, 1915, the Equal Suffrage Party made its first effort to sponsor a suffrage bill in the Legislature.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
I and Pynsent were your sponsors there, I remember.
"Name and Fame" by Adeline Sergeant
The attempt to make Jesus sponsor for himself is the last refuge of hard-driven Christians.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
Bunsen was also my social sponsor in London, and my first peeps into English society were at the Prussian Legation.
"My Autobiography" by F. Max Müller
Evidently, Ilya Simonov decided, whoever was sponsoring this night's get together, was a man of prominence.
"Freedom" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
But if nature be no goddess, how can we accept her as sponsor for liberty?
"A Modern Symposium" by G. Lowes Dickinson

In poetry:

"Now who will sign on his brow the mark
To keep him safe from the Powers of the Dark?
Who will my baby's sponsor be?"
"I, the Lord God, who died for thee."
"Mary Of Magdala" by Edith Nesbit
A. My sponsors at the font, with faith sincere,
(As I have since been made to understand)
Gave me the name, which I am proud to bear,
According to our Saviour's own command.
"The Catechism " by Rees Prichard
And when a baby boy, to crown and bliss
Their wedded love, to their embrace was given,
Our gracious Queen, as sponsor at the font,
Gave the dear babe, in holy rite, to Heaven.
"Duleep Singh" by Janet Hamilton
Q. Thou didst a promise by thy sponsors make,
That thou wou'dst God's commandments keep with care;
Come, tell me then, for thy Redeemer's sake,
How many, if thou knowest them, they are?
"The Creed" by Rees Prichard
"Ye do the harp a wrong,
To make it sponsor for your grewsome stave,
And kinder had it been to chant a strain
More pleasing unto weary ears like mine."
To whom then sadly spake Sir Dagonet:
"The Return From The Quest" by Oscar Fay Adams
A baby played with the surplice sleeve
Of a gentle priest; while in accents low,
The sponsors murmured the grand "I believe,"
And the priest bade the mystic waters to flow
In the name of the Father, and the Son,
And Holy Spirit -- Three in One.
"Life" by Abram Joseph Ryan

In news:

Jennifer Brown/The Star-Ledger Matt Carmel, a retail firearms dealer and manufacturer, applied to sponsor a youth baseball team under his firearms dealership moniker.
A small survery of smartphone users sponsored by security software provider AVG shows most consumers don't consider their device vulnerable to attack.
Sponsored by BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company and BB&T Bank, the luncheon will take place at Harborside Event Center, in the River District of Fort Myers.
The Northwest Illinois Audubon Society is sponsoring a Bluebird Workshop Saturday, April 2, at St John United Church of Christ in Freeport.
A US representative who accused Tehran of sponsoring terrorism has a track record of supporting terrorists herself.
A group of 47 farmers traded their tractors for the trading floor this week as they traveled to the Windy City on an Iowa Farm Bureau Federation sponsored marketer's trip.
The next "Buy One, Bring One" food drop-off sponsored by the Somerset County Board of Freeholders is this Friday, July 20.
9th Annual Southern Illinois Charity Classic Bocce Tournament 2012 sponsored by Herrin Elks.
About 1,200 area third-graders attended the annual event sponsored by the Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau.
A reader forwarded along this bill sitting before committee, sponsored by once (and future?
Below are county-by-county approved project lists by project-sponsoring organization.
PUERTO RICO — The Five-Star Brainstorming conference, co-sponsored by the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute and the National Cleaners Association, was pronounced a success by organizers and attendees.
Sponsoring commissioners consider compromise before possible vote later this month.
Cowpasture Tournament Sponsored by AMBUCS.

In science:

DMR-0426488 (G.K. and Q.L.), NGS-0103708 (B.K.S. and Q.L.), and by Rensselaer’s Seed Program. B.K.S. was also supported through participation in the International Technology Alliance sponsored by the U.S.
Naming Games in Two-Dimensional and Small-World-Connected Random Geometric Networks
Heidelberg: Springer Science +Business Media, LLC, reprinted and freely available at StatProb: The Encyclopedia Sponsored by Statistics and Probability Societies.
Resistant estimates for high dimensional and functional data based on random projections
The centre for viscous liquid dynamics “Glass and Time” is sponsored by the Danish National Research Foundation (DNRF).
What constitutes a simple liquid?
Finally, PHENIX will host a workshop sponsored by the RIKEN BNL Research Center with the goal to further develop the physics case for future forward upgrades at RHIC from July 30th to August 1st.
sPHENIX: An Upgrade Concept from the PHENIX Collaboration
The centre for viscous liquid dynamics “Glass and Time” is sponsored by the Danish National Research Foundation (DNRF).
NVU perspective on simple liquids' quasiuniversality