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sponsor (n.)

1650年代, 来自晚期拉丁文 sponsor “洗礼中的担保人”, 拉丁文“担保人, 保证人, 债券人”, 来自 sponsus, 过去分词 spondere “给予保证, 郑重承诺”, 来自原意大利文 *spondejo- “保证”, 字面意思是“多次解酒”, 来自PIE *spondeio- “解酒” (来源也是赫梯文 ishpanti- “带液体祭祀, 倾倒;” 希腊文 spendein “做酒祭”, spond ē “解酒, 献酒;” 比较 spondee). “为广播(或1947年后的电视) 节目付费的人” 的意义最早记录于1931年.

sponsor (v.)

1884年, “赞成或支持”, 来自 sponsor (n.). 商业广播意义是从1931年开始的. 相关链接: Sponsored; sponsoring.

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Definitions of sponsor from WordNet
1
sponsor (v.)
assume sponsorship of;
Synonyms: patronize / patronise
sponsor (v.)
assume responsibility for or leadership of;
The senator announced that he would sponsor the health care plan
sponsor (v.)
do one's shopping at; do business with; be a customer or client of;
Synonyms: patronize / patronise / shop / shop at / buy at / frequent
2
sponsor (n.)
someone who supports or champions something;
Synonyms: patron / supporter
sponsor (n.)
an advocate who presents a person (as for an award or a degree or an introduction etc.);
Synonyms: presenter
From wordnet.princeton.edu