Synonyms of source


1. beginning, origin, root, rootage, source, point

usage: the place where something begins, where it springs into being; "the Italian beginning of the Renaissance"; "Jupiter was the origin of the radiation"; "Pittsburgh is the source of the Ohio River"; "communism's Russian root"

2. source, document, written document, papers

usage: a document (or organization) from which information is obtained; "the reporter had two sources for the story"

3. source, seed, germ, inspiration

usage: anything that provides inspiration for later work

4. source, facility, installation

usage: a facility where something is available

5. informant, source, communicator

usage: a person who supplies information

6. generator, source, author, maker, shaper

usage: someone who originates or causes or initiates something; "he was the generator of several complaints"

7. source, natural process, natural action, action, activity

usage: (technology) a process by which energy or a substance enters a system; "a heat source"; "a source of carbon dioxide"

8. reservoir, source, thing

usage: anything (a person or animal or plant or substance) in which an infectious agent normally lives and multiplies; "an infectious agent depends on a reservoir for its survival"

9. reference, source, publication

usage: a publication (or a passage from a publication) that is referred to; "he carried an armful of references back to his desk"; "he spent hours looking for the source of that quotation"


1. source, obtain

usage: get (a product) from another country or business; "She sourced a supply of carpet"; "They are sourcing from smaller companies"

2. source, document

usage: specify the origin of; "The writer carefully sourced her report"

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Definition and meaning of source (Dictionary)