non·​core | \ ˌnän-ˈkȯr How to pronounce noncore (audio) \

Definition of noncore

: not being a central or foundational part of something : not being or belonging to a core … the noncore content areas of art, music, and physical education …— Bomna Ko … businesses have redrawn their boundaries, making them both tight (as they focus on core competencies) and porous (as they outsource noncore work).— Thomas A. Stewart

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With investors expecting so little—Baidu trades at 17 times forward earnings, close to a 10-year low—the fast growth in noncore businesses may generate some short-term excitement. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Baidu’s Costly Search for Growth," 22 Feb. 2019 That is because with 5G, noncore equipment, such as that in cellular towers, will handle tasks that the core currently handles. Stu Woo, WSJ, "Huawei Loses Business From Top U.K. Carrier as Scrutiny Intensifies," 5 Dec. 2018 Newsletter Sign-up Maersk has been restructuring itself, selling off its energy and other noncore units to become a global logistics player. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Maersk Bounces Back to Profit on Soaring Trans-Pacific Freight Rates," 14 Nov. 2018 Barrick is seeking to shed a number of noncore mining properties and any combination with Newmont would likely trigger a fresh wave of gold property sales. Jacquie Mcnish, WSJ, "Barrick Gold Is Considering Possible Deal With Newmont," 22 Feb. 2019 The chemicals sector has already been a hive of deal activity as companies shed noncore businesses or seek acquisitions that will boost revenue and profit and hand them new geographies and products. Dana Mattioli, WSJ, "Platform Specialty in Advanced Talks to Sell Agricultural Unit to Wilmcote," 7 June 2018 Carlyle is also betting on opportunities generated by multinational corporations restructuring their China businesses or divesting noncore assets, Mr. Yang said. Julie Steinberg, WSJ, "Carlyle Raises $6.55 Billion for Fifth Asia Buyout Fund," 21 June 2018 The company has already sold off some noncore brands, acquisitions that contributed to its burdensome debt load., "Senators band together to fight closure of Boston office that handles federal employee rights," 2 May 2018 HNA Group Chief Executive Adam Tan acknowledged a shift in strategy recently, saying HNA would consider selling noncore assets. Anjani Trivedi And Jenny Strasburg, WSJ, "China’s HNA Group Turns to Prized Assets to Borrow Cash," 22 Dec. 2017

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1938, in the meaning defined above

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\ ˌnän-ˈkōr\

Legal Definition of non-core

: of, relating to, or being a non-core proceeding

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