Meaning of “sponsor” in the English Dictionary

"sponsor" in British English

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sponsorverb [ T ]

uk /ˈspɒn.sər/ us /ˈspɑːn.sɚ/

B2 to support a person, organization, or activity by giving money, encouragement, or other help:

The team is sponsored by JVC, so the players wear the letters JVC on their shirts.
Eva said she was doing a ten-mile walk for charity and asked if I'd sponsor her.

More examples

  • I'll sponsor you for £10 - it's all in a good cause.
  • I've sponsored her £1 for every mile that she runs.
  • We're trying to find companies to sponsor us.
  • The event was sponsored by several local businesses.
  • I'm trying to get people at work to sponsor me to do a hundred-mile cycle.
sponsor
noun [ C ] uk us

Examples

  • The players wore shirts with the sponsor's logo.
  • Our sponsors have backed out.
  • We're looking for sponsors.
  • A lot of television series now have sponsors.
  • Our sponsors are generally local companies.

B2

All the major theatres now have sponsors, especially for high-cost productions.
sponsorship
noun [ U ] uk /ˈspɒn.sə.ʃɪp/ us /ˈspɑːn.sɚ.ʃɪp/

Examples

  • corporate sponsorship
  • They are hoping to attract a lucrative sponsorship deal.
  • Schools are being encouraged to look for business sponsorship for sports teams.
  • They are demanding restrictions on tobacco sponsorship of sporting events.
  • We are looking for local sponsorship.

C1

The orchestra receives £2 million a year in sponsorship from companies.

(Definition of “sponsor” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sponsor" in American English

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sponsorverb [ T ]

us /ˈspɑn·sər/

to support a person, organization, or activity by giving money, encouragement, or other help:

The Rotary Club sponsors Little League baseball in the summer.
sponsor
noun [ C ] us /ˈspɑn·sər/

Corporate sponsors support many public TV programs.
sponsorship
noun [ C/U ] us /ˈspɑn·sərˌʃɪp/

[ U ] corporate sponsorship of the arts

(Definition of “sponsor” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"sponsor" in Business English

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sponsorverb [ T ]

uk /ˈspɒnsər/ us

MARKETING to provide money for a television or radio programme, website, sports event, or other activity in exchange for advertising:

We found a major shoe manufacturer that would like to sponsor the series.
The event was sponsored by several local businesses.

GOVERNMENT if someone in a position of authority sponsors a new idea, especially a law, they give it their support:

Six Senators originally sponsored the bill.

to give money to support a person, organization, or activity:

We sponsor children in developing countries.

sponsornoun [ C ]

uk /ˈspɒnsər/ us

MARKETING a company or organization that provides money for a television or radio programme, website, sports event, or other activity in exchange for advertising:

And now a word from our sponsors.
We are grateful to our corporate sponsors for making this event free to the public.

GOVERNMENT someone in a position of authority who gives their support to a new idea, especially a new law:

The bill is sponsored by one Democrat and one Republican.

someone who supports a person, organization, or activity by giving money:

We encourage our employees to become sponsors of participants in the charity run.

(Definition of “sponsor” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)