noun \ˈsrs\

: someone or something that provides what is wanted or needed

: the cause of something (such as a problem)

: a person, book, etc., that gives information

Full Definition of SOURCE

a :  a generative force :  cause
b (1) :  a point of origin or procurement :  beginning
(2) :  one that initiates :  author; also :  prototype, model (3) :  one that supplies information
a :  the point of origin of a stream of water :  fountainhead
b archaic :  spring, fount
:  a firsthand document or primary reference work
:  an electrode in a field-effect transistor that supplies the charge carriers for current flow — compare drain, gate
source·less \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of SOURCE

  1. The college had its own power source.
  2. She has been a great source of strength to me.
  3. His job is the family's main source of income.
  4. A government source spoke to the press today.
  5. The reporter has refused to reveal his sources.
  6. According to one source, the program will not cost a lot.
  7. information from various intelligence sources

Origin of SOURCE

Middle English sours, from Anglo-French surse spring, source, from past participle of surdre to rise, spring forth, from Latin surgere — more at surge
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of SOURCE

origin, source, inception, root mean the point at which something begins its course or existence. origin applies to the things or persons from which something is ultimately derived and often to the causes operating before the thing itself comes into being <an investigation into the origin of baseball>. source applies more often to the point where something springs into being <the source of the Nile> <the source of recurrent trouble>. inception stresses the beginning of something without implying causes <the business has been a success since its inception>. root suggests a first, ultimate, or fundamental source often not easily discerned <the real root of the violence>.

Rhymes with SOURCE


transitive verb

Definition of SOURCE

:  to specify the source of (as quoted material)
:  to obtain from a source <metals sourced from abroad>

First Known Use of SOURCE




Definition of SOURCE

:  of, relating to, or being source code <a source file>

First Known Use of SOURCE

SOURCED Defined for Kids


noun \ˈsrs\

Definition of SOURCE for Kids

:  a cause or starting point <the source of a rumor>
:  the beginning of a stream of water <the source of the Nile River>
:  someone or something that supplies information <a reference source>
:  someone or something that provides what is needed <a source of supplies> <a source of strength>


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