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Meaning of source

source

Pronunciation: (sôrs, sōrs), [key]
— n., v., sourced, sourcing.
—n.
  1. any thing or place from which something comes, arises, or is obtained; origin: Which foods are sources of calcium?
  2. the beginning or place of origin of a stream or river.
  3. a book, statement, person, etc., supplying information.
  4. the person or business making interest or dividend payments.
  5. a manufacturer or supplier.
  6. a natural spring or fountain.
—v.t.
  1. to give or trace the source for: The research paper was not accurately sourced. The statement was sourced to the Secretary of State.
  2. to find or acquire a source, esp. a supplier, for: Some of the components are now sourced in Hong Kong.
—v.i.
  1. to contract a manufacturer or supplier: Many large companies are now sourcing overseas.
  2. to seek information about or consider possible options, available personnel, or the like: a job recruiter who was merely sourcing.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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