- the buying of components of a product from an outside supplier, often one located abroad: Foreign sourcing in the auto industry has eliminated jobs.
Origin of sourcing
- any thing or place from which something comes, arises, or is obtained; origin: Which foods are sources of calcium?
- the beginning or place of origin of a stream or river.
- a book, statement, person, etc., supplying information.
- the person or business making interest or dividend payments.
- a manufacturer or supplier.
- Archaic. a natural spring or fountain.
- to give or trace the source for: The research paper was not accurately sourced. The statement was sourced to the secretary of state.
- to find or acquire a source, especially a supplier, for: Some of the components are now sourced in Hong Kong.
- to contract a manufacturer or supplier: Many large companies are now sourcing overseas.
- to seek information about or consider possible options, available personnel, or the like: a job recruiter who was merely sourcing.
Origin of source
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Examples from the Web for sourcing
The trio haunted east coast flea markets, sourcing knickknacks that would adorn the lobby and guest rooms.Ace Hotel Founder Alex Calderwood’s Greatest Legacy
November 20, 2013
“The biggest issue is sourcing,” says Nathan Lott, the executive director of the Virginia Conservation Network.Dominion Completes Conversion of Coal Plant to Biomass in Virginia
July 19, 2013
Also sourcing info is the Royalists beloved online detective HWW.Harry And Cressida Party At Bodo's Schloss in London
May 3, 2013
Other news organizations then picked up on the story, sourcing it back to The Times.White House Debunks Iran Nuclear Explosion, But Iran Denies Planting Story
January 29, 2013
Broadwell occasionally distances attributions by sourcing observations to friends or colleagues.New Biography of General Petraeus Misses the Man
February 2, 2012
- the point or place from which something originates
- a spring that forms the starting point of a stream; headspring
- the area where the headwaters of a river risethe source of the Nile
- a person, group, etc, that creates, issues, or originates somethingthe source of a complaint
- any person, book, organization, etc, from which information, evidence, etc, is obtained
- (as modifier)source material
- anything, such as a story or work of art, that provides a model or inspiration for a later work
- electronics the electrode region in a field-effect transistor from which majority carriers flow into the interelectrode conductivity channel
- at source at the point of origin
- to determine the source of a news report or story
- (tr foll by from) to originate from
- (tr) to establish an originator or source of (a product, piece of information, etc)
Word Origin and History for sourcing
mid-14c., "support, base," from Old French sourse "a rising, beginning, fountainhead of a river or stream" (12c.), fem. noun taken from past participle of sourdre "to rise, spring up," from Latin surgere "to rise" (see surge (n.)). Meaning "a first cause" is from late 14c., as is that of "fountain-head of a river." Meaning "written work (later also a person) supplying information or evidence" is from 1788.
"obtain from a specified source," 1972, from source (n.). Related: Sourced; sourcing.