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
Special prosecutors in New Mexico were scheduled to convene the grand jury Thursday, but the judge rescheduled it during a teleconference hearing Wednesday, a source familiar with the case said.—Diana Dasrath, NBC News, 17 Nov. 2023 Toxic exposure This study is a reminder of the continuing need for protections against exposure to harmful airborne dusts and other dangerous substances from sources like toxic burn pits.—Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 16 Nov. 2023 Researchers say the heavy metal contaminants identified in this study come from urban waste, mining operations and other runoff, which means reducing the amount of pollutants going into the ocean from these sources could help protect the turtles.—Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Nov. 2023 The pro basketball player’s sentiments echo what a source previously told PEOPLE.—Alexis Jones, Peoplemag, 16 Nov. 2023 The grand jury in recent weeks issued a subpoena to James Biden, the brother of President Joe Biden, as part of their work investigating Hunter Biden, a source familiar with the matter said.—Aaron Katersky, ABC News, 16 Nov. 2023 Business plays a critical role in the energy transition away from fossil fuels like oil and coal to renewable sources like wind and solar.—John Kell, Fortune, 15 Nov. 2023 According to one of the sources, Primo is signing a two-year contract, and the second year can be fully guaranteed in June.—Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2023 Payment imbalances a source of tension In recent years, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which administers the Medicare program, has made changes to address some of the payment imbalances between primary care and specialist services.—Michelle Andrews, CBS News, 15 Nov. 2023
Murray Orr Photo: Murray Orr That the objects give back to the communities they’re sourced from is also a selling point for many of Bard’s loyal customers.—Liam Hess, Vogue, 16 Nov. 2023 Most of the additional records The Post used for this reporting were sourced from Refinitiv and Kpler, a platform that tracks global energy commodities.—Jonathan O'Connell, Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2023 Bringing lithium extraction stateside could make a big difference for EV automakers that want to produce batteries here in the US, as most of them currently source lithium from other countries, including Australia, Argentina, Chile, and China.—Emma Roth, The Verge, 13 Nov. 2023 In September the brand released Circular C, which features a bezel and dial made from recycled carbon fibers sourced from wind turbine manufacturing waste.—Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Nov. 2023 Murray's Cheese Board Club 3-Month Subscription Even Cheeses Need Friends
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No cheeseboard is complete without fresh fruit, but sourcing the good stuff during the winter can be tough.—Devra Ferst, Bon Appétit, 10 Nov. 2023 In the coming weeks, the Biden administration is expected to issue more rules about when these parts can be sourced from China and other countries, which are likely to determine where many companies base new projects.—Coral Davenport, New York Times, 8 Nov. 2023 This was the experience for many Second Sight patients, as Spectrum reported in 2022, some of whom resorted to home repairs or sourcing Argus II components from other users.—IEEE Spectrum, 7 Nov. 2023 Her time at Celine was also marked by high-end goods (though more attainable than those in her eponymous label), which sent aspiring consumers and members of the fashion elite into a frenzy, trying to be the first to acquire them or actively sourcing them on resale platforms.—Shelcy Joseph, Essence, 1 Nov. 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