Definition of single-source in US English:



[with object]
  • Give a franchise to a single supplier for (a particular product).

    • ‘Ford took a risk by single-sourcing the '02 Explorer's interior trim.’
    • ‘The Focus' front and rear suspensions are both single-sourced from Benteler as modules and supplied to Ford worldwide.’
    • ‘It is an excellent analysis of the technical hole Apple has worked itself into by single-sourcing its chips from USS Clueless.’
    • ‘And even much of that was single-sourced, and often to unreliable sources.’
    • ‘But if it's a low-volume product, it may make sense to single-source.’