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.
— compare insource
- Firms outsource to capitalize on their strengths while minimizing business activities that are not core functions.
- —John K. Borchardt