crowdsource

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

crowd +‎ source; more at crowdsourcing.

Verb[edit]

crowdsource (third-person singular simple present crowdsources, present participle crowdsourcing, simple past and past participle crowdsourced)

  1. to delegate a task to a large, diffuse group
    • 2009 August 30, William Safire, “Clunkers”, New York Times:
      And I sometimes “crowdsource,” asking for help in research from the Lexicographic Irregulars (like when I asked for sign-language suggestions for “thanks” and learned how the little Dutch boy felt when he pulled his finger out of the dike).