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Topic: CITIZENSHIP

Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: spondere 'to promise'

sponsor

1 noun
     
spon‧sor1 [countable]
1
a) a person or company that pays for a show, broadcast, sports event etc especially in exchange for the right to advertise at that event
sponsor of
Eastman Kodak is a major sponsor of the Olympics.
corporate sponsors
b) a person or company that supports someone by paying for their training, education, living costs etc
2 someone who agrees to give someone else money for a charity if they walk, run etc a particular distance
3PPV someone who officially introduces or supports a proposal for a new law
4PGC someone who officially agrees to help someone else, or to be responsible for what they do:
You cannot get a work visa without an American sponsor.
5 a godparent
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