crowdsource

[ kroud-sawrs, -sohrs ]

verb (used with or without object),crowd·sourced, crowd·sourc·ing.
  1. 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.

Origin of crowdsource

1
First recorded in 2006; crowd1 + (out)source

Other words from crowdsource

  • crowdsourcing, noun

Words Nearby crowdsource

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British Dictionary definitions for crowdsource

crowdsource

/ (ˈkraʊdˌsɔːs) /


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

Origin of crowdsource

1
c21: from crowd + (out)source

Derived forms of crowdsource

  • crowdsourcing, noun

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