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1. A person or thing from which something comes into being or is derived or obtained: alternative sources of energy; the source of funding for the project.
2. The point of origin of a stream or river. See Synonyms at origin.
3. One, such as a person or document, that supplies information: A reporter is only as reliable as his or her sources.
4. Physics The point or part of a system where energy or mass is added to the system.
tr.v. sourced, sourc·ing, sourc·es
1. To specify the origin of (a communication); document: The report is thoroughly sourced.
2. To obtain (materials or parts) from another business, country, or locale for manufacture: They sourced the spoke nuts from our company.
3. To outsource or insource (tasks or jobs, for example).

[Middle English, from Old French sourse, from feminine past participle of sourdre, to rise, from Latin surgere; see surge.]
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(Commerce) the act of obtaining goods or components from a specified source
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Indeed, since its inception, the SSUTA has provided for destination-based sourcing of taxable sales, with origin-based sourcing a default method where destination cannot be determined.
A quick review of literature on strategic sourcing (as the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) dubbed the information-based enterprise-wide procurement approach) will yield a collection of truisms, the predictable responses to which are "We're already doing that where it's cost effective," or "We need more resources to do more of it."
As pressures to reduce costs and compete in global markets mount, many mid-size companies are now viewing strategic sourcing improvements not just as a priority but as a necessity for survival.
While this article focuses on sourcing of components and sub-assemblies for use in original equipment manufacturer (OEM) manufacturing lines in North America, the issues involved are similar for other China sourcing projects.
"Sun is committed to removing the barriers to participation by open sourcing the most widely used building blocks within the Java Enterprise System," said John Loiacono, executive vice president, Software Group, at Sun.
It carries updates on specific issues and opportunities affecting sourcing across the entire industry.
Back then, the Republican tilt in sourcing was also pronounced: "A majority of Republican sources when the GOP controls the White House and Congress may not be surprising, but Republicans held a similar though slightly smaller edge (57 percent to 42 percent) in 1993, when Clinton was president and Democrats controlled both houses of Congress."
Smart CEOs don't approach sourcing decisions on a piecemeal basis.
With these reports it is not always possible or desirable to change the sourcing application.
Both could be attributed to bad sourcing and supplier management.
The second half of the book is an exacting--sometimes painfully exacting--analysis of the methods and sourcing standards reporters used in the scandal's first days.