farm out


farmed out; farming out; farms out

transitive verb

: to turn over for performance by another usually under contract
farm out a job
: to put (someone, such as a child) into the hands of another for care
: to send (an athlete, such as a baseball player) to a farm team
: to exhaust (land) by farming especially by continuously raising one crop

Examples of farm out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Los Angeles Times, a former sister paper to the Chicago Tribune, shuttered its sprawling 34-year-old downtown printing plant in March, farming out the work to the Southern California News Group in Riverside, nearly 60 miles away. Robert Channick, Chicago Tribune, 19 May 2024 Yi also received assistance with worker’s compensation, which is not handled by Paramount Television Studios but is farmed out to a third party. Kevin Dolak, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 May 2024 The Sparks had to farm out early-season games both because of continuing renovations to their regular home in downtown L.A. and because the other three main tenants of that building all had the potential for deep playoff runs. Jim Alexander, Orange County Register, 16 May 2024 The basic idea of farming out postal operations and allowing private players to pocket the savings is a solid one, but only if the postage discounts correspond to actual savings. David Williams, The Mercury News, 25 Apr. 2024 Nine out of 10 of the farms out of business by 2022 made less than $1,000 for the entire year. The Arizona Republic, 5 Mar. 2024 In the 1970s, Washington tried farming out the job of regional security to local contractors, relying on Iran and Saudi Arabia to keep oil supplies flowing. Gideon Rose, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 The training job might even be farmed out to distributors who sell wine to restaurants. Eric Asimov, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2024 Most of that daily work is farmed out to an obscure government agency known as the Administrative Office. Brett Murphy, ProPublica, 13 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of farm out was circa 1593

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“Farm out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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