Meaning of “outsource” in the English Dictionary

"outsource" in British English

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outsourceverb [ I or T ]

uk /ˈaʊt.sɔːs/ us /ˈaʊt.sɔːrs/
noun [ U ] uk /ˈaʊtˌsɔː.sɪŋ/ us /ˈaʊtˌsɑː.sɪŋ/

The management guaranteed that outsourcing wouldn't mean job losses.

(Definition of “outsource” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"outsource" in American English

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outsourceverb [ I/T ]

us /ˈɑʊtˌsɔrs, -ˌsoʊrs/

to get work done by making a contract with another company to do it, often in another country, rather than in your own company:

The candidate talks about working-class issues, particularly about jobs being outsourced overseas.
noun [ U ] us /ˈɑʊtˌsɔr·sɪŋ, -ˌsoʊr·sɪŋ/

Outsourcing might be inevitable, but that doesn't make it any more attractive to American workers.

(Definition of “outsource” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"outsource" in Business English

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outsourceverb [ I or T ]

uk /ˈaʊtsɔːs/ us also externalize PRODUCTION, HR, WORKPLACE

if a company outsources work, it employs another organization to do it rather than using its own employees :

As part of a recent restructuring, Anglian Water decided to outsource some of its operations.
The decision to outsource had been made for financial reasons.
outsource sth to sth Today they unveiled plans to close two factories and outsource production to Eastern Europe.
outsource jobs/work The bank was attacked over plans to outsource 4,000 jobs to Asia.

(Definition of “outsource” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)