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sponsor

2 verb
     
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sponsor2 [transitive]
1
a) to give money to a sports event, theatre, institution etc, especially in exchange for the right to advertise:
The competition was sponsored by British Airways.
government-sponsored projects
b) to support someone by paying for their training, education, living costs etc:
The bank had offered to sponsor him at university.
2PPV to officially support a proposal for a new law
3 to agree to help someone or be responsible for what they do
4 to agree to give someone money for charity if they walk, run etc a particular distance
5

sponsored walk/swim etc

British English an event in which many people walk, swim etc a particular distance so that people will give them money for a charity
6

UN-sponsored/US-sponsored/government-sponsored etc

supported and encouraged by the UN, the US etc:
US-sponsored peace talks

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