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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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  • The strategy of outsourcing is based on the notion that maximum efficiency requires specialization that companies cannot achieve.

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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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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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