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.
To delegate (a task, function, or responsibility) to an independent provider.
To relocate or transfer (jobs) to another labor market.
To transfer (certain manufacturing operations, administrative activities, etc.) to outside contractors, esp. so as to reduce one's operating costs.
Origin of outsource
out- +"Ž source