—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. Archaic.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.