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

Definition of outsource

: 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

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Staff once numbered 24 and security was outsourced. Helena Pozniak, Popular Mechanics, "The Technology That Will Finally Stop Poachers," 26 Nov. 2018 According to The Korea Herald, Samsung had been in talks to outsource production of its mid- to low-end Galaxy phones to Chinese original design manufacturing company Wintech, which produces Xiaomi phones. Dami Lee, The Verge, "The Galaxy A6s is the first Samsung phone not made by Samsung," 24 Oct. 2018 Carillion PLC, another construction and outsourcing company that did a lot of work for the U.K. government, collapsed early last year, raising questions about the financial health of the sector. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "U.K. Contractor Interserve Goes Into Administration, Sells Assets," 15 Mar. 2019 And while a whole previous generation of Indian programmers became globally known for writing code-to-order at outsourcing companies, the next generation prefers to push its creative limits. Bloomberg.com, "Apple Teaches India’s Kid Coders to Win at the App Store," 24 Apr. 2018 The demand for independent contractors, temporary workers, on-site workers, and outsourcing companies is also increasing. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Rare Earths, Coal Shutdown, Norwegian Air: CEO Daily for April 12, 2018," 12 Apr. 2018 On the other side, critics of the program say H-1B visas are increasingly being abused and that American workers are being laid off as U.S. companies send work to outsourcing companies that employ thousands of H-1B workers. Max Londberg, kansascity, "Widow of Austins shooting victim, others say U.S. immigration system discriminates," 12 Jan. 2018 Still, over the three years, the T outsourced cash-counting, warehouse management, police dispatching, customer service, and electrical work on the new fare collection system coming in 2020. Adam Vaccaro, BostonGlobe.com, "MBTA loses reprieve from outsourcing restriction," 6 July 2018 For example, more and more companies are outsourcing primary tasks - from janitorial work to computer programming - to third-party companies, a trend that many economists believe holds down wages. Danielle Paquette, chicagotribune.com, "There are fewer workers in the gig economy today than before Uber existed, official data show," 7 June 2018

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1979, in the meaning defined above

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

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