1 fountain-head, well-spring, origin, provenance, provenience, inception, start, outset, beginning, root(s), commencement, rise:
We set out to find the source of the Blue Nile. The mineral bauxite is the source of aluminium.
2 originator, author, creator, begetter:
Who is credited as the source of this quotation?
3 authority, documentation; informant, Colloq horse's mouth:
To verify the information, go to the source.
1 where you get sth from
excellent, fertile, good, lucrative, reliable, rich, valuable
a fertile source of ideas a lucrative source of income a rich source of vitamins
| important, main, major, principal | cheap
a cheap source of labour
| external, foreign
Do you have any foreign sources of income?
an independent source of funding
| additional | alternative
We need to look for alternative sources of energy.
| natural | renewable
The village obtains all its energy from renewable sources.
| energy, food, heat, light, power, water
VERB + SOURCE
be, constitute, prove, provide
The census constitutes the principal source of official statistics. These crustaceans provide a valuable food source for some fish.
| exploit, tap, use (as)
The government hopes to tap new sources of employment in the area of health.
We tried to locate the source of the sound.
Under the PAYE system, employees' income is taxed at source (= by the employer).
| ~ of
a reliable source of advice
a variety of sources
The research was funded from a wide variety of sources.
2 person, book, etc. that gives information
invaluable, useful, valuable | authoritative, informed, reliable, reputable | unreliable | original | independent | anonymous | primary, secondary | published | biographical, documentary, historical, literary, written | diplomatic, government, intelligence, military, official, police
Intelligence sources report a build-up of troops just inside the border.
| data, information
VERB + SOURCE
use (as) | cite, quote
Researchers try to quote primary sources wherever possible.
| disclose, name, reveal
The police refused to reveal the source of their information.
SOURCE + VERB
claim sth, describe sth, disclose sth, indicate sth, report sth, reveal sth, say sth, suggest sth
Government sources indicated that a compromise might be reached. One source said: ‘Our blood is up. We are angry at the way we have been treated.’
| deny sth
SOURCE + NOUN
according to ~s
According to informed sources, a takeover bid is planned for next month.
| ~ of
sources close to sb
Sources close to the player claim he won't be entering this year's championship.
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