out·source | \ ˈau̇t-ˌsȯrs \
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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The Chamber is also recommending the district outsource services like nursing and tech support and suspend bus services for high school students in favor of utilizing the city's public transit system. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Chamber calls for nearly $500M in IPS cuts in exchange for support of $100M tax hike," 11 July 2018 All this has given outsourcing a new lease of life. The Economist, "Run, TaskRabbit, run: July 2030," 5 July 2018 Earlier this year, the village board moved toward outsourcing the crossing guard services in light of problems both finding and retaining people to serve in the part-time jobs, which sometimes forced public safety officers to serve in that role. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, "Glencoe amends village manager contract to increase pay, remove housing assistance and provided car," 3 July 2018 Not clear to me why outsourcing cheap labor should be prized over insourcing it. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Italian Turmoil, Spanish Turmoil, North Korea: CEO Daily for May 29, 2018," 29 May 2018 Manufacturing and packaging, sales, finance and public relations are all outsourced. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Kylie Jenner, worth $900 million, on track to be youngest self-made billionaire by age 21," 11 July 2018 About 120 disabled employees working at a state prison will be able to keep their jobs despite an outsourcing complaint from state government’s largest union that threatened their company’s contract. Adam Ashton, sacbee, "Disabled contractors can keep California prison jobs despite SEIU complaint," 13 June 2018 Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi expects pretax margins declined again in the consulting and outsourcing divisions. Ted Greenwald, WSJ, "IBM Earnings: What to Watch," 17 Apr. 2018 The company provides management consulting, as well as technology and outsourcing services. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Arizona companies hiring 100 or more in April 2018," 3 Apr. 2018

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1979, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of outsource

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

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