[ out-sawrs, ‐sohrs ]
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verb (used with object),out·sourced, out·sourc·ing.
  1. (of a company or organization) to purchase (goods) or subcontract (services) from an outside supplier or source.: Compare backsource.

  2. to contract out (jobs, services, etc.): a small business that outsources bookkeeping to an accounting firm.

verb (used without object),out·sourced, out·sourc·ing.
  1. to obtain goods or services from an outside source: U.S. companies who outsource from China.

Origin of outsource


Other words from outsource

  • outsourcing, noun

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How to use outsource in a sentence

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

British Dictionary definitions for outsource


/ (ˌaʊtˈsɔːs) /

verb(tr) (of a manufacturer)
  1. to subcontract (work) to another company

  2. to buy in (components for a product) rather than manufacture them

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