[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.
  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

Related formsout·sourc·ing, noun
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Related Words for outsourcing

source, deploy, redistribute, expand, utilize

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Historical Examples of outsourcing

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

British Dictionary definitions for outsourcing


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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Word Origin and History for outsourcing



in reference to jobs going overseas, by 1981 (as outsourcing), from out + source (v.). Related: Outsourced.

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