source Definition

  • 1a place, person, or thing from which something comes or can be obtained.
  • 2a point of origin or procurement, especially of information.
  • 3a person who provides information.

Using source: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "source" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The river has its source in the mountains.

  • Example

    The article cites anonymous sources close to the investigation.

  • Example

    She is a reliable source of information on the topic.

  • Example

    The company is looking for new sources of revenue.

  • Example

    The book is a valuable source of historical information.

source Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for source

Idioms Using source

  • run dry (of something)

    to exhaust or use up a particular resource or supply


    The well has run dry, and we need to find a new source of water.

  • to seek information or answers directly from the person or place where they originate


    If you have questions about the project, you should go to the source and ask the project manager.

  • to accept something as true or genuine without questioning or analyzing it


    I don't take everything he says at face value; I always fact-check his claims.

Phrases with source

  • an original document or other material that provides firsthand information about a topic or event


    The historian consulted primary sources such as diaries and letters to write her book.

  • something or someone that provides emotional or physical support during difficult times


    Her family was her source of strength during her illness.

  • something that makes someone feel proud


    His children are a great source of pride for him.

Origins of source

from Old French 'sors', meaning 'a rising, beginning, fountainhead of a river'


Summary: source in Brief

The term 'source' [sɔːrs] refers to the place, person, or thing from which something comes or can be obtained. It can denote the origin or procurement of information, as in 'The article cites anonymous sources close to the investigation.' 'Source' extends into phrases like 'primary source,' and idioms like 'go to the source,' denoting direct inquiry, and 'take something at face value,' implying acceptance without scrutiny.

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