What is the meaning of source?


  • The place where something begins, where it springs into being.
    • usage: "the Italian beginning of the Renaissance"; "Jupiter was the origin of the radiation"; "Pittsburgh is the source of the Ohio River"; "communism's Russian root"
  • A document (or organization) from which information is obtained.
    • usage: "the reporter had two sources for the story"
  • Anything that provides inspiration for later work.
  • A facility where something is available.
  • A person who supplies information.
  • Someone who originates or causes or initiates something.
    • usage: "he was the generator of several complaints"
  • Technology) a process by which energy or a substance enters a system. (
    • usage: "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.
    • usage: "an infectious agent depends on a reservoir for its survival"
  • A publication (or a passage from a publication) that is referred to.
    • usage: "he carried an armful of references back to his desk"; "he spent hours looking for the source of that quotation"


  • Get (a product) from another country or business.
    • usage: "She sourced a supply of carpet"; "They are sourcing from smaller companies"
  • Specify the origin of.
    • usage: "The writer carefully sourced her report"
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