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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.
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outsourcing, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web 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


verb (transitive) (of a manufacturer)
to subcontract (work) to another company
to buy in (components for a product) rather than manufacture them
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Contemporary definitions for outsourcing
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Word Origin and History for outsourcing



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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outsourcing in Technology

Paying another company to provide services which a company might otherwise have employed its own staff to perform, e.g. software development.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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