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tr.v. out·sourced, out·sourc·ing, out·sourc·es
1. To delegate (a task, function, or responsibility) to an independent provider: "Most retailers outsource the bulk of their manufacturing to Third World countries, where labor is dramatically cheaper" (James Surowiecki).
2. To relocate or transfer (jobs) to another labor market: "Although the absolute number of jobs outsourced from developed countries to China remains small, the threat that firms could produce offshore helps to keep a lid on wages" (The Economist).
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(of a manufacturer) vb (tr)
1. (Commerce) to subcontract (work) to another company
2. (Commerce) to buy in (components for a product) rather than manufacture them
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v.t. -sourced, -sourc•ing.
to purchase (goods) or subcontract (services) from an outside company.
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Past participle: outsourced
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|Verb||1.||outsource - obtain goods or services from an outside supplier; to contract work out; "Many companies outsource and hire consultants in order to maintain a flexible workforce"|
source - get (a product) from another country or business; "She sourced a supply of carpet"; "They are sourcing from smaller companies"
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outsource[ˌaʊtˈsɔːrs] vt [+ work] → externaliser
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