Definition of outsource in English:


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transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Obtain (goods or a service) from an outside or foreign supplier, especially in place of an internal source.

    ‘ outsourcing components from other countries’
    • ‘outsourcing can dramatically lower total costs’
    • ‘Additionally, some of the Cotton Park goods are outsourced to three local subcontractors.’
    • ‘That doesn't mean we wouldn't outsource certain services and aspects of our business.’
    • ‘It will outsource customer service and claims handling and will use the internet to market itself.’
    • ‘Last year the Housing Department was corporatised and a number of its services were outsourced to private enterprise.’
    • ‘The service is not outsourced to another company or run from a centre overseas.’
    • ‘If the facility outsources janitorial services, the cost of carpet cleaning should be pulled out of the overall cost of the contract.’
    • ‘Before the City outsourced its fleet services, there was an estimated 40 percent availability of vehicles.’
    • ‘Many of these services are outsourced, including the management of buses and coaches in the Watsonia area.’
    • ‘The opportunity here is to outsource engineering services in areas not core to them.’
    • ‘They were opposing state government moves to close the press and outsource printing services.’
    • ‘He said they didn't want to negatively affect patient services so they outsourced support services to save money.’
    • ‘Printer management services can be outsourced to keep control of devices and their use.’
    • ‘There's another compelling reason for marketers and agencies to outsource this type of service, Park adds.’
    • ‘This reduces risk, and can form the basis of an informed decision to outsource all IT services at some future stage.’
    • ‘Companies that want to outsource hosting services can no longer assume a provider's financial stability.’
    • ‘Last month, the legislature passed a measure that suspended plans to outsource public health services to private providers.’
    • ‘If too much innovation is outsourced, corporations may find their own suppliers competing with them.’
    • ‘That makes the outcry in the US against outsourcing a good example of much ado about nothing.’
    • ‘Sometimes it may be better to outsource this service using a maintenance contract.’
    • ‘The opportunity exists for the fund to outsource the administration services.’
    temporary, part-time, impermanent, freelance
    1. 1.1Contract (work) out or abroad.
      ‘you may choose to outsource this function to another company or do it yourself’
      • ‘The 48 workers were sacked as part of a long running campaign by HDC to outsource their work to contractors.’
      • ‘Two years ago, the state awarded a $280 million contract to Convergys, which freely admits it outsources work to India.’
      • ‘An ageing population means employers will have to outsource project work and employ older people.’
      • ‘It outsources the initial work, which involves spinning and weaving the various fibers used in production.’
      • ‘The plans to outsource the work were announced to unions last week after a one-night trial with reduced cleaning staff last month.’
      • ‘They're extremely successful and there's no cause to outsource work.’
      • ‘Work was outsourced where there was expertise that the solicitor could not or did not have and this often made it more cost-effective for clients.’
      • ‘A lot of the work is outsourced to other companies, including some in the fermentation and explosives industry.’
      • ‘To lower labor and environmental costs, major companies in the West outsource manufacturing work to developing countries.’
      • ‘The workers were protesting management's decision to outsource some work, despite requests by the employees not to do so.’
      • ‘Another benefit of using the state pattern is that it becomes very easy to sub-divide or even outsource work.’
      • ‘As long as they can outsource the work to you, they don't think it's their problem.’
      • ‘A lot of companies outsource their programming work into developing countries.’
      • ‘The unions imposed the bans after the company refused to guarantee they would not outsource work.’
      • ‘You could outsource the work, but you don't know anyone who can do it, and you don't want to alert your competitors.’
      • ‘Quite apart from anything else they outsource the work to the private agencies anyway.’
      • ‘So I have outsourced the work of selecting a new template to more aesthetic and competent eyes.’
      • ‘I am considering outsourcing this task to a certain professor emeritus.’
      • ‘Over time they started outsourcing the localisation work, but managed it internally.’
      • ‘Sewing is outsourced to local contractors, which generally turn the jobs within five days.’
      subcontract, outsource, farm out, assign to others



/ˈoutˌsôrs/ /ˈaʊtˌsɔrs/