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
Examples of source in a Sentence
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.
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Recent Examples on the Web
That's when Michael became concerned, knowing that scores more boxes were in the storage room, sources said.—Katherine Faulders, ABC News, 18 Sep. 2023 Social media struck him as an opportunity to spread knowledge from a reliable source.—Emma Fox, Los Angeles Times, 18 Sep. 2023 Scenes like this are becoming increasingly common across Europe as ski resorts, feeling the impact of the climate crisis, look to diversify their appeal and tap into alternative sources of income.—WIRED, 18 Sep. 2023 The source of that continued tension, experts say, is unaddressed anguish from both Black men who deal with rigid views of masculinity and Black women who feel neglected in light of demeaning stereotypes pinned to them.—Claretta Bellamy, NBC News, 18 Sep. 2023 In addition to the $1 million in Measure X money, the city has obtained about $6 million so far in funding from other sources.—Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Sep. 2023 Climate and the fight of our lives With a sweltering heat wave in Massachusetts not far behind us, new research is finding that periods of heat and humidity so great that humans cannot survive without sources of cooling are likely coming much sooner than previously believed.—Sabrina Shankman, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Sep. 2023 In the continuing resolution, the Department of Defense and Military Construction and Veteran Affairs appropriations bills will be funded at the current fiscal year 2023 levels, where everything else will receive an 8% cut, according to the source.—Reese Gorman, Washington Examiner, 17 Sep. 2023 Ukrainian grain exports are both a vital source of foreign exchange for the country and a crucial factor in global food markets, particularly for countries in Africa and the Middle East that are facing hunger.—Vivek Shankar, New York Times, 17 Sep. 2023
But these reductions only hold if workers implement strategies such as turning off unnecessary lights and appliances, driving an electric vehicle or sourcing their home electricity from solar panels or wind turbines.—Joanna Thompson, Scientific American, 18 Sep. 2023 In comparison, Tesla’s 2022 Impact Report (PDF) provides more detail in its breakout of the automaker’s work to source more of its minerals directly and then audit its suppliers for compliance.—Rob Pegoraro, PCMAG, 17 Sep. 2023 The heavy cotton is sourced in Australia and comes in a handful of serene shades that will match any bathroom decor (including hues like cream, gray, and charcoal).—Kaitlyn McInnis, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Sep. 2023 Russia already sources drones — a cheap but effective weapon designed to wear down Ukraine’s air defenses — from Iran, another Western adversary.—Yuliya Talmazan, NBC News, 14 Sep. 2023 The Lavia-Garcias’ boutique plant shop offers an assortment of succulents and other plants such as fiddle leaf, pathos, peperomia and calico kitten crassula sourced from local nurseries.—Anna Braz, Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2023 Precious Metals Available Gold Silver Palladium Platinum Minimum Investment
Augusta Precious Metals, founded in 2012, specializes in silver bullion, silver coins, and gold bullion, while platinum and palladium investments must be sourced elsewhere.—Laxmi Corp, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 Sep. 2023 The plant is set to begin production of high-power Vertex modules using 210 mm wafers in 2024, sourcing polysilicon from the U.S. and Europe, the company said.—Mitchell Parton, Dallas News, 11 Sep. 2023 The sustainably sourced, Argentinian pebbled leather is certified by the Leather Working Group, which means that it’s tanned in an environmentally responsible way.—Quincy Bulin, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 Sep. 2023
Modern orchestration software, along with a multi-source strategy—which lends itself to multiple clouds—can allow enterprises to get the most value out of their data.—Quentin Clark, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2022 Our allergen-friendly Plant Protein Powder is a premium quality, multi-source plant protein blend that contains 20g of protein per serving.—Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 4 Dec. 2022 For example, throughout Daughter there’s persistent use of non-source music, (a theme from Bela Bartok’s Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta).—Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Sep. 2022 Having a multi-source strategy in place and several suppliers supporting the same supply base in different regions is always a smart move.—Mahesh Nandyala, Forbes, 25 July 2022 The journey towards this new initiative was filled with legal and political drama, though the ultimate result codifies the multi-cloud, multi-source strategy.—Emil Sayegh, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 Survey results show that 73% of respondents are likely to co-source critical activities with the next 24 months.—Rose Celestin, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2021 See More
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Middle English sours, from Anglo-French surse spring, source, from past participle of surdre to rise, spring forth, from Latin surgere — more at surge