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[out-sawrs, ‐sohrs] /ˈaʊtˌsɔrs, ‐ˌsoʊrs/
verb (used with object), outsourced, outsourcing.
(of a company or organization) to purchase (goods) or subcontract (services) from an outside supplier or source.
to contract out (jobs, services, etc.):
a small business that outsources bookkeeping to an accounting firm.
verb (used without object), outsourced, outsourcing.
to obtain goods or services from an outside source:
U.S. companies who outsource from China.
Origin of outsource
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outsourcing, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for outsource
  • It's one thing to outsource jobs to a local company.
  • What they are doing may make it possible for them to outsource their pollution though.
  • First, if you're a business that wants to outsource jobs, you shouldn't get a tax deduction for doing it.
  • The idea is that you cognitively outsource your worries to the page.
  • Similarly, cars outsource their healing to repair shops and their reproduction to factories.
  • When too many companies outsource their manufacturing, the industrial ecosystem can suffer long-term consequences.
  • For this reason, some game makers outsource the porting and focus on creating new content.
  • At best they outsource instruction in this area to the local seminary.
  • The parks are so desperate, they have to bring in local economic partners-to outsource vital services.
  • It's one thing, albeit often misguided, for the agency to outsource certain tasks to contractors.
British Dictionary definitions for outsource


verb (transitive) (of a manufacturer)
to subcontract (work) to another company
to buy in (components for a product) rather than manufacture them
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for outsource

in reference to jobs going overseas, by 1981 (as outsourcing), from out + source (v.). Related: Outsourced.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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