mul·​ti·​na·​tion·​al | \ ˌməl-tē-ˈnash-nəl How to pronounce multinational (audio) , -ˈna-shə-nᵊl, -ˌtī- \

Definition of multinational

1 : of or relating to more than two nationalities a multinational society
2a : of, relating to, or involving more than two nations a multinational alliance
b : having divisions in more than two countries a multinational corporation

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multinational efforts to negotiate a lasting peace in the region
Recent Examples on the Web The downside for American multinational corporations is that their exports and sales overseas will take a hit. Don Lee, Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2022 Institutions from grassroots environmental groups to multinational corporations have embraced the movement. Julia Rosen, The Atlantic, 25 July 2022 But a handful, an increasingly smaller handful, of multinational corporations still have at least one foot in Russia. Kenneth Rapoza, Forbes, 11 July 2022 But Democrats long have contended that many multinational corporations quickly found novel ways to exploit that system anyway. Tony Romm,, 7 July 2022 What if, instead of showering whiny multinational corporations with buckets of public money to pour virtually unlimited amounts of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere, the government took a more direct route? Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 17 June 2022 The department issued corrections Tuesday to rules released in December that have drawn furious complaints from multinational companies. Richard Rubin, WSJ, 26 July 2022 But there are consistent winners: the multinational companies that run the lotteries on behalf of the states, the stores — including large chains — and advertising and media companies. Detroit Free Press, 13 July 2022 Over the past two decades, state lotteries have nearly doubled in size, driving a multibillion-dollar wealth transfer from low-income U.S. communities to powerful multinational companies. CBS News, 11 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of multinational

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Multinational.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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