out·​source | \ ˈau̇t-ˌsȯrs How to pronounce outsource (audio) \
outsourced; outsourcing; outsources

Definition of outsource

transitive + intransitive

: to procure (something, such as some goods or services needed by a business or organization) from outside sources and especially from foreign or nonunion suppliers : to contract for work, jobs, etc., to be done by outside or foreign workers decided to outsource some back-office operations Some services and aspects of production were outsourced to cut costs. Firms outsource to capitalize on their strengths while minimizing business activities that are not core functions.— John K. Borchardt — compare insource

Examples of outsource in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While most rocket companies outsource parachute design and production, Inversion sees building their own as an advantage. New York Times, 7 Mar. 2022 Instead, most sites outsource this task to a complex network of advertising tech companies that do the work of figuring out which ads are shown to each particular person. Eric Zeng, The Conversation, 13 Apr. 2022 Most big companies outsource the process of employee verification during their hiring processes entirely, using companies like HireRight, First Advantage and Sterling. Washington Post, 23 Mar. 2022 The City Council voted to outsource the management of Escondido’s library, which is not part of San Diego County library system, to a private company, Library Systems & Services, in 2017 in order to save money. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Jan. 2022 Eve Bukowski, president of the Orland Council of Educators, said the district was planning to seek a proposal to outsource custodial services to a private company. Michelle Mullins, chicagotribune.com, 17 Mar. 2022 But the businesses that outsource their logistics to Amazon or Maersk will have much less flexibility to shape their own supply chains. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, 4 Mar. 2022 There are successful teams that outsource much of this and others that are entirely in-house. Austin Helton, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 Equipment required for whole genome sequencing is expensive, and public health departments may not have the capacity to build and run labs themselves -- or even outsource the job. ABC News, 22 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of outsource

1979, in the meaning defined above

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“Outsource.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outsource. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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