- To outsource is to obtain goods or services from a foreign supplier instead of a local or internal source.
When a company gets cheap labor from China instead of having its products made by American workers, this is an example of when it outsources.
outsource definition by Webster's New World
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outsource definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb out·sourced, out·sourc·ing, out·sourc·es
To send out (work, for example) to an outside provider or manufacturer in order to cut costs.