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outsource

verb [I or T] uk   /ˈaʊt.sɔːs/ us    /-sɔːrs/
If a company outsources, it pays to have part of its work done by another company: Unions are fighting a plan by universities to outsource all non-academic services. Some companies outsource to cheaper locations to cut costs.
outsourcing
noun [U] uk   /ˈaʊtˌsɔː.sɪŋ/ us    /-ˌsɑː-/
The management guaranteed that outsourcing wouldn't mean job losses.
Translations of “outsource”
in Chinese (Traditional) 外包,委外, (將…)委外辦理…
in Chinese (Simplified) 外包, (将…)交外办理…
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