1 author, begetter, beginning, cause, commencement, derivation, fount, fountainhead, origin, originator, rise, spring, wellspring
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source ( sources plural & 3rd person present) ( sourcing present participle) ( sourced past tense & past participle )
1 n-count The sourceof something is the person, place, or thing which you get it from.
usu N of n
Renewable sources of energy must be used where practical..., Tourism, which is a major source of income for the city, may be seriously affected.
2 verb In business, if a person or firm sources a product or a raw material, they find someone who will supply it. (BUSINESS)
Together they travel the world, sourcing clothes for the small, privately owned company... V n
About 60 per cent of an average car is sourced from outside of the manufacturer. V n
3 n-count A source is a person or book that provides information for a news story or for a piece of research.
usu with supp
Military sources say the boat was heading south at high speed...
4 n-count The source of a difficulty is its cause.
N of n
This gave me a clue as to the source of the problem.
5 n-count The source of a river or stream is the place where it begins.
...the source of the Tiber.
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refers to a product or service whose design, blueprint or code is free to use and modify
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