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outsource

[out-sawrs, ‐sohrs] /ˈaʊtˌsɔrs, ‐ˌsoʊrs/
verb (used with object), outsourced, outsourcing.
1.
(of a company or organization) to purchase (goods) or subcontract (services) from an outside supplier or source.
2.
to contract out (jobs, services, etc.):
a small business that outsources bookkeeping to an accounting firm.
verb (used without object), outsourced, outsourcing.
3.
to obtain goods or services from an outside source:
U.S. companies who outsource from China.
Origin
1975-80
Related forms
outsourcing, noun
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Examples for outsourcing
  • outsourcing has yet to make a significant appearance in this year's political campaign.
  • The trend towards more outsourcing is not confined to manufacturing.
  • As well as outsourcing their business systems, some companies are doing the same with the workers who operate them.
  • outsourcing your data storage saves you on maintenance and might even bring upgrades along the way.
  • The potential costs and benefits of outsourcing start with the product.
  • There will certainly not be jobs in business-process outsourcing for all.
  • Call it the harbinger of a giant outsourcing boomerang.
  • In practice, managing the outsourcing process can be tricky, particularly for more complex activities.
  • Globalization and technology are amplifying the impact of outsourcing.
  • The same ministry was later found to be using outsourcing contracts to boost the salaries of its civil servants.
British Dictionary definitions for outsourcing

outsource

/ˌaʊtˈsɔːs/
verb (transitive) (of a manufacturer)
1.
to subcontract (work) to another company
2.
to buy in (components for a product) rather than manufacture them
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Contemporary definitions for outsourcing
noun

See insourcing

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Word Origin and History for outsourcing
outsource
in ref. to jobs going overseas, by 1981 (as outsourcing), from out + verbal use of source.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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outsourcing in Technology

business
Paying another company to provide services which a company might otherwise have employed its own staff to perform, e.g. software development.
(1995-03-28)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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Encyclopedia Article for outsourcing

work arrangement made by an employer who hires an outside contractor to perform work that could be done by company personnel. Outsourcing has been a frequent point of dispute for organized labour. If, for example, an employer has a labour contract with a union, and the outsourced work could be performed by union members, then the union will typically object to such a practice because it takes work away from the union's members. Management favours outsourcing, or subcontracting, often to nonunion providers, because these activities can often reduce costs. Outsourcing can also reduce the number of employees in a collective bargaining unit

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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