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Definition of Outsourcing

(noun) Of a business or government, the act or process of contracting an outside source, instead of internal employees, to do work (services).

Outsourcing Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈaʊtˌsɔrsɪŋ/
    • British English
      • /ˈaʊtsɔːsɪŋ/
  • Syllabification: (out·sourc·ing)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: outsourcings
  • Variant spelling: out-sourcing

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Works Consulted

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Cite the Definition of Outsourcing

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “outsourcing.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 16, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/outsourcing/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

outsourcing. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/outsourcing/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “outsourcing.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 16, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/outsourcing/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“outsourcing.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 16 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/outsourcing/>.