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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.
Related forms
outsourcing, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for outsourced
  • At the end of the day, security is not something that can be outsourced.
  • But the trend seems to be that if a job can be defined, it can be automated or outsourced.
  • Any training in sub-sectors of manufacturing that are more effectively outsourced was time wasted.
  • Taxpayers should be demanding outsourced services as a means to cost-efficient government.
  • The answer seems to be that she has outsourced the job to a movie director.
  • It could mean customer service representatives will be laid off or outsourced.
  • If the latter, you've outsourced your humanity to a bunch of priests and preachers.
  • Our services are now run within the university, so not outsourced yet.
  • Almost without noticing it, we've outsourced important peripheral brain functions to the silicon around us.
  • These days, fashions are born here and outsourced for production.
British Dictionary definitions for outsourced


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 outsourced



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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