[ sawrs, sohrs ]
/ sɔrs, soʊrs /
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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.
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.
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM sourcesourceful, adjectivesource·ful·ness, nounsourceless, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH sourcesauce, source
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British Dictionary definitions for source
/ (sɔːs) /
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 for source
C14: from Old French sors, from sourdre to spring forth, from Latin surgere to rise
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