- (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.
- to obtain goods or services from an outside source: U.S. companies who outsource from China.
Origin of outsource
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Examples from the Web for outsource
Another tip is to outsource willpower: Enlist family and friends to join you in your goal to give up smoking or get fit.Willpower: Our Greatest Strength?
September 11, 2014
The website CrowdMed lets you outsource your medical diagnoses to users competing for points and cash.Strangers Diagnose Your Illness and Get Cash in Return
August 15, 2014
While we in Israel prefer a peaceful resolution, we do not outsource our security.Why You Should Blame Iran For The Gaza Conflict
July 26, 2014
“I think these retailers need their asses handed to them,” Charney said of the companies who outsource to unsafe factories.American Apparel Stirs Up Controversy…Again
March 6, 2014
You can outsource just about anything these days and the proof is on Fiverr, a marketplace where people will do things for $5.Just Don’t Do It: Why You Should Outsource More of Your Life
February 22, 2014
- to subcontract (work) to another company
- to buy in (components for a product) rather than manufacture them
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Word Origin and History for outsource
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