- (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 outsourcing
The next day, Perdue was asked if he could defend the “outsourcing” charges.
The truth about his role in outsourcing jobs seems to be somewhere in the middle.
Another technique is the outsourcing of labor to lower paid foreign workers, the so called “techno-coolies.”Silicon Valley’s Giants Are Just Gilded Age Tycoons in Techno-Utopian Clothes
April 25, 2014
At this point, she began marketing her designs as furniture and was outsourcing labor to produce them.Don’t Just Look at This Art, Sit on It
March 5, 2014
Outsourcing simply means that a person, or even a machine, will perform an operation for you.Just Don’t Do It: Why You Should Outsource More of Your Life
February 22, 2014
The strategy of outsourcing is based on the notion that maximum efficiency requires specialization that companies cannot achieve.The Civilization of Illiteracy
- 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
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