Thesaurus

source

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of source

  1. 1 a point or place at which something is invented or provided we were uncertain as to the source of the rumors a source of inspiration Synonyms of source cradle, font, fountain, fountainhead, origin, root, seedbed, spring, well, wellspring Words Related to source beginning, commencement, dawn, day one, genesis, get-go (also git-go), inception, incipience, incipiency, kickoff, launch, morning, nascence, nascency, onset, outset, start, threshold; baseline, first base, ground zero, square one

  2. 2 the beginning part of a stream 19th-century explorers who sought the source of the Nile Synonyms of source head, headstream, headwaterWords Related to source fountain, fountainhead, geyser, headspring, hot spring, spring, wellspring; branch, feeder, tributary

  3. 3 something mentioned in a text as providing related and especially supporting information the professor asked the students to have at least five different sources for their papers Synonyms of source authority, referenceWords Related to source citation, excerpt, extract, quotation; caption, cross-reference, footnote, note

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


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up source? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!