[ kroud-sawrs, -sohrs ]
/ ˈkraʊdˌsɔrs, -ˌsoʊrs /

verb (used with or without object), crowd·sourced, crowd·sourc·ing.

to utilize (labor, information, etc.) contributed by the general public to (a project), often via the Internet and without compensation: The team's use of Facebook to crowdsource accurate scientific data allowed the project to be completed on time. The newspaper crowdsourced its investigation into the scandal.

Words nearby crowdsource

Origin of crowdsource

First recorded in 2006; crowd1 + (out)source

OTHER WORDS FROM crowdsource

crowd·sourc·ing, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for crowdsource

/ (ˈkraʊdˌsɔːs) /


to outsource work to an unspecified group of people, typically by making an appeal to the general public on the internet

Derived forms of crowdsource

crowdsourcing, noun

Word Origin for crowdsource

c21: from crowd + (out)source
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