Meaning of SOURCE in English

— sourceful , adj. — sourcefulness , n. — sourceless , adj.

/sawrs, sohrs/ , n. , v. , sourced, sourcing .


1. any thing or place from which something comes, arises, or is obtained; origin: Which foods are sources of calcium?

2. the beginning or place of origin of a stream or river.

3. a book, statement, person, etc., supplying information.

4. the person or business making interest or dividend payments.

5. a manufacturer or supplier.

6. Archaic. a natural spring or fountain.


7. to give or trace the source for: The research paper was not accurately sourced. The statement was sourced to the Secretary of State.

8. to find or acquire a source, esp. a supplier, for: Some of the components are now sourced in Hong Kong.


9. to contract a manufacturer or supplier: Many large companies are now sourcing overseas.

10. to seek information about or consider possible options, available personnel, or the like: a job recruiter who was merely sourcing.

[ 1300-50; ME sours (n.) sors (masc.), sourse, source (fem.), n. use of ptp. of sourdre surgere to spring up or forth ]

Syn. 1. supplier, originator. 3. authority, reference.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .