outsource

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verb, transitive + intransitive out·source \ˈau̇t-ˌsȯrs\

Definition of outsource

  1. :  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

  1. The company outsources many of its jobs to less developed countries.

  2. The work was outsourced to a factory in China.

1979

First Known Use of outsource

1979


OUTSOURCE Defined for English Language Learners

outsource

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verb, transitive + intransitive out·source \ˈau̇t-ˌsȯrs\

Definition of outsource for English Language Learners

  • : to send away (some of a company's work) to be done by people outside the company


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