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spon·sor  audio  (spnsr) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. One who assumes responsibility for another person or a group during a period of instruction, apprenticeship, or probation.
  2. One who vouches for the suitability of a candidate for admission.
  3. A legislator who proposes and urges adoption of a bill.
  4. One who presents a candidate for baptism or confirmation; a godparent.
  5. 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 VERB:
spon·sored, spon·sor·ing, spon·sors
To act as a sponsor for.

ETYMOLOGY:
Late Latin spnsor, sponsor in baptism, from Latin, surety, from spnsus, past participle of spondre, to pledge; see spend- in Indo-European roots

OTHER FORMS:
spon·sori·al  (-sôr-l, -sr-) KEY (Adjective), sponsor·ship(Noun)


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