crowdsourcing

noun
crowd·​sourc·​ing | \ ˈkrau̇d-ˌsȯr-siŋ How to pronounce crowdsourcing (audio) \

Definition of crowdsourcing

: the practice of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people and especially from the online community rather than from traditional employees or suppliers Online crowdsourcing strategies that induce masses of people to solve a task, such as locating far-flung items or alleviating world hunger, work best when financial incentives impel participants to enlist friends and acquaintances in the effort, a new study concludes.— Bruce Bower These sites take advantage of the phenomenon known as crowdsourcing, or turning to the online masses for free or low-cost submissions.— Katie Hafner

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Other Words from crowdsourcing

crowdsource transitive verb crowdsourced; crowdsourcing
But many people don't know the story behind Legos—how the company, on the verge of collapse, crowdsourced its future by polling its most hardcore fans, or how the little blocks have exploded to become a major force in education … Smithsonian

Examples of crowdsourcing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Alliance picked the invitees through crowdsourcing, an online process and nominations from groups. WSJ, "What’s the Last Night of 2020 Without the Crowds? A Very Weird New Year’s Eve," 31 Dec. 2020 Creating the mural has been a community effort, Wight said, with about $2,000 to pay for the paint raised through an online crowdsourcing fundraiser. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "1st mural — 63 feet long — brightens Sanford’s historic district," 20 Nov. 2020 Even though such crowdsourcing may take years to see fruition, those campaigns actually have an impact. Popular Science, "The Great American Outdoors Act proves that grassroots advocacy and democracy still work," 11 Aug. 2020 Even though such crowdsourcing may take years to see fruition, those campaigns actually have an impact. Popular Science, "The Great American Outdoors Act proves that grassroots advocacy and democracy still work," 11 Aug. 2020 Even though such crowdsourcing may take years to see fruition, those campaigns actually have an impact. Popular Science, "The Great American Outdoors Act proves that grassroots advocacy and democracy still work," 11 Aug. 2020 To belong to the QAnon pack is to be part of a massive crowdsourcing project that sees itself cracking a mystery. Clive Thompson, Wired, "QAnon Is Like a Game—a Most Dangerous Game," 22 Sep. 2020 Even though such crowdsourcing may take years to see fruition, those campaigns actually have an impact. Popular Science, "The Great American Outdoors Act proves that grassroots advocacy and democracy still work," 11 Aug. 2020 Even though such crowdsourcing may take years to see fruition, those campaigns actually have an impact. Popular Science, "The Great American Outdoors Act proves that grassroots advocacy and democracy still work," 11 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of crowdsourcing

2006, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crowdsourcing

crowd entry 2 + outsourcing, gerund of outsource

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The first known use of crowdsourcing was in 2006

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6 Jan 2021

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“Crowdsourcing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crowdsourcing. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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