outsource

verb, transitive + intransitive out·source \ ˈau̇t-ˌsȯrs \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

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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First Known Use of outsource

1979


OUTSOURCE Defined for English Language Learners

outsource

verb

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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