in·​source ˈin-ˌsȯrs How to pronounce insource (audio)
insourced; insourcing; insources

transitive + intransitive

: to procure (something, such as goods or services needed by a business or organization) from domestic or in-house sources rather than from foreign or outside suppliers : to contract for work, jobs, etc., to be done by in-house or domestic workers
More recently, Physicians Mutual insourced the previously outsourced administration of a particular product.Anne Rawland Gabriel
Employment guarantees are not the only reason to insource, and car makers are not the only companies doing it.The Economist
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Examples of insource in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Brands following the performance model tend to insource subject matter experts to create the strategy and tightly manage agency partner execution. Molly Baker, Forbes, 24 Jan. 2023 The two other big clients had started to insource their printing needs. Geri Stengel, Forbes, 22 June 2022 What tends to happen is that big pharma companies insource innovation from leaner biotechs which have a thirst for risky experimental science but lack the wide-scale manufacturing and sales capacity of the industry titans. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, 8 June 2020 Going forward, the company built on outsourcing needs to insource a bunch of key disciplines and capabilities. Daniel Gross, Slate Magazine, 12 June 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1983, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of insource was in 1983

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“Insource.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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