Source - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |sɔːrs|  American pronunciation of the word source
Brit.  |sɔːs|  British pronunciation of the word source


- the place where something begins, where it springs into being (syn: beginning, origin, root)
Pittsburgh is the source of the Ohio River
- a document (or organization) from which information is obtained
the reporter had two sources for the story
- anything that provides inspiration for later work (syn: germ, seed)
- a facility where something is available
- a person who supplies information (syn: informant)
- someone who originates or causes or initiates something (syn: author, generator)
- (technology) a process by which energy or a substance enters a system
a heat source
a source of carbon dioxide
- anything (a person or animal or plant or substance) in which an infectious agent normally lives and multiplies (syn: reservoir)
- a publication (or a passage from a publication) that is referred to (syn: reference)
he spent hours looking for the source of that quotation


- get (a product) from another country or business
She sourced a supply of carpet
- specify the origin of
The writer carefully sourced her report

Extra examples

The college had its own power source.

She has been a great source of strength to me.

His job is the family's main source of income.

A government source spoke to the press today.

The reporter has refused to reveal his sources.

According to one source, the program will not cost a lot.

Information from various intelligence sources

Sources dry up.

It is best to make inquiries at the original sources.

A well-placed source says the minister will resign.

They get their money from various sources.

Beans are a very good source of protein.

For me, music is a great source of enjoyment.

Is your pension taxed at source (=before it is paid to you)?

We've found the source of the trouble.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: source
he/she/it: sources
present participle: sourcing
past tense: sourced
past participle: sourced
singular: source
plural: sources
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