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[ sawrs, sohrs ]


  1. any thing or place from which something comes, arises, or is obtained; origin:

    Which foods are sources of calcium?

    Synonyms: originator, supplier

  2. the beginning or place of origin of a stream or river.
  3. a book, statement, person, etc., supplying information.

    Synonyms: reference, authority

  4. the person or business making interest or dividend payments.
  5. a manufacturer or supplier.
  6. Archaic. a natural spring or fountain.

verb (used with object)

, sourced, sourcing.
  1. to give or trace the source for:

    The research paper was not accurately sourced.

    The statement was sourced to the secretary of state.

  2. 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.
  1. to contract a manufacturer or supplier:

    Many large companies are now sourcing overseas.

  2. to seek information about or consider possible options, available personnel, or the like:

    a job recruiter who was merely sourcing.


/ sɔːs /


  1. the point or place from which something originates
    1. a spring that forms the starting point of a stream; headspring
    2. the area where the headwaters of a river rise

      the source of the Nile

  2. a person, group, etc, that creates, issues, or originates something

    the source of a complaint

    1. any person, book, organization, etc, from which information, evidence, etc, is obtained
    2. ( as modifier )

      source material

  3. anything, such as a story or work of art, that provides a model or inspiration for a later work
  4. electronics the electrode region in a field-effect transistor from which majority carriers flow into the interelectrode conductivity channel
  5. at source
    at the point of origin
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012


  1. to determine the source of a news report or story
  2. trfoll byfrom to originate from
  3. tr to establish an originator or source of (a product, piece of information, etc)
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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  • sourceful·ness noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of source1

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English sours (noun), from Old French sors (masculine), sourse, source (feminine), noun use of past participle of sourdre, from Latin surgere “to spring up or forth”; surge
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Word History and Origins

Origin of source1

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

Together, these eyes in the sky offered enough information to track down the flare’s source.

Other Stonehenge stones, such as the iconic, massive boulders known as sarsen stones, came from local sources.

Companies will have the real thing, straight from the source.

The pandemic didn’t create this source of anxiety in teens, but it might be making it more relentless.

The steady source allows Metro to sell bonds, get large sums of money upfront for projects and pay back the bonds with the dedicated subsidy streams.

Like many trans users, Transartist often gets used as a source of information more than anything else.

According to a Yemeni intelligence source, Saïd met with the notorious U.S. preacher Anwar al Awlaki.

Jettison your lawyers as a source of prison-yard guidance, Abramoff said.

She claims the FBI tried to enlist her as a cooperating source in their investigation.

It was getting to create jokes at the source, and to get to hang out with comedians.

The old earl's property, the source of his wealth, as from his title the reader will have shrewdly guessed, was in collieries.

An extraordinary eruption of mount Vesuvius commenced, which in ten days had advanced ten miles from its original source.

That Lawrence, whom he looked upon almost as a son, should take up arms against the South was to him a source of endless regret.

From this one source of misery, where was a promise or a chance of a final rescue?

Their usual source is the deeper layers of the urinary tract, especially of the bladder.


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