Outsource definitions

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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.

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To delegate (a task, function, or responsibility) to an independent provider.
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To relocate or transfer (jobs) to another labor market.
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To transfer (certain manufacturing operations, administrative activities, etc.) to outside contractors, esp. so as to reduce one's operating costs.
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(chiefly US, business, management) To transfer the management and/or day-to-day execution of a business function to a third-party service provider.

They decided to outsource the design and manufacture of the system to a vendor.

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Origin of outsource

out- +"Ž source