source

[ sawrs, sohrs ]
/ sɔrs, soʊrs /

noun

verb (used with object), sourced, sourcing.

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.

verb (used without object), sourced, sourcing.

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.

Nearby words

  1. sour orange,
  2. sour salt,
  3. sour-milk cheese,
  4. sourball,
  5. sourberry,
  6. source amnesia,
  7. source book,
  8. source code,
  9. source document,
  10. source language

Origin of source

1300–50; Middle English sours (noun) < Old French sors (masculine), sourse, source (feminine), noun use of past participle of sourdre < Latin surgere to spring up or forth

Related formssource·ful, adjectivesource·ful·ness, nounsource·less, adjective

Can be confusedsauce source

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British Dictionary definitions for source

source

/ (sɔːs) /

noun

verb

Word Origin for source

C14: from Old French sors, from sourdre to spring forth, from Latin surgere to rise

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Word Origin and History for source
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