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
Examples of outsource in a Sentence
The company outsources many of its jobs to less developed countries.
The work was outsourced to a factory in China.
First Known Use of outsource
OUTSOURCE Defined for English Language Learners
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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