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

Definition of outsource

transitive + intransitive

: 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

Recent Examples on the Web Buy Landmark, then outsource its manufacturing overseas and lay off all its American worker for a quick profit. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Backyard Renaissance’s play ‘Dry Powder’ explodes with energy," 26 Apr. 2021 There are financial burdens, both to pay for all of those soccer clinics and to outsource menial labor, such as cleaning. Stephanie Hanes, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘This is crazy pants’: Pandemic redefines parenting ideals," 11 Mar. 2021 Both Obama and Trump cajoled Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Mexico in a move to essentially outsource U.S. immigration enforcement. Los Angeles Times, "Biden inherits border chaos from Trump but begets uncertainty and false hope," 20 Jan. 2021 If your teams don't have the resource, then outsource this activity as a short-term fix. Simone Morris, Forbes, "Inclusion Hero Of The Week: Ben & Jerry’s Demonstrates Inclusion Is Not Just A Buzzword," 19 Apr. 2021 First, the limit encourages us to decline, outsource or otherwise weed out tasks that shouldn’t make our to-do list in the first place. Dana Brownlee, Forbes, "Super Charge Your To-Do List By Following These 3 Golden Rules," 11 Mar. 2021 The Biden administration's decision to outsource vaccination credentialing marks a change in strategy from its overarching COVID-19 pandemic response. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "White House says it will not push 'vaccine passport' programs," 29 Mar. 2021 In another survey that polled 150 senior tax executives at companies with revenues ranging from $100 million to $3 billion from November through December 2020, 43% of respondents plan to outsource specialized tax work in 2021. Rose Celestin, Forbes, "Tax Functions Face Challenges With Global Tax Policies Amid Covid-19," 24 Feb. 2021 The chipmaker is facing a deadline this month to decide whether to outsource its leading edge technology, currently developed and produced in Hillsboro, to rival manufacturers in Asia. oregonlive, "Intel is replacing CEO Bob Swan with VMWare’s Pat Gelsinger," 13 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of outsource

1979, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of outsource was in 1979

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9 May 2021

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“Outsource.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outsource. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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