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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Other Words from multinational

multinational noun

Synonyms for multinational


foreign, international, transnational

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Examples of multinational in a Sentence

multinational efforts to negotiate a lasting peace in the region

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Up until then, big multinational companies had been forced to hold back from experimenting with cannabidiol, or CBD—a non-psychoactive ingredient of marijuana that’s become trendy for its claimed health benefits. Shafin Diamond Tejani, Quartz, "What Mark Twain can teach us about the weed industry," 29 June 2019 As part of the multinational naval exercise, the U.S. Navy deployed several Mark 7 Marine Mammal Systems, also known as dolphins, on an exercise designed to locate sea mines. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Navy Dolphins Hunt Mines During RIMPAC Exercise," 31 July 2018 The two have called out U.S. multinational companies for moving jobs overseas where labor is cheaper. Sahil Kapur, Fortune, "Elizabeth Warren's Populist Positions Echo a Certain Republican—Donald Trump," 15 June 2019 That has left multinational companies scrambling to be in compliance. Yoko Kubota, WSJ, "Booking Holdings CEO: Data-Privacy Compliance Pushes Costs Higher," 14 June 2019 Production of a vast array of electronic components and chemicals, along with the assembly of electronic products, makes the country a cornerstone of the operations of many of the world’s largest multinational companies. Kate Conger, New York Times, "China Summons Tech Giants to Warn Against Cooperating With Trump Ban," 8 June 2019 The second would ensure that multinational companies pay a minimum level of tax, thereby discouraging them from shifting profits to countries with lower levels of taxation. Hadas Gold, CNN, "The world is discussing a new tax system. The alternative could be 'chaos'," 7 June 2019 Another big change that affected our larger multinational companies was repatriation. Chetan Vagholkar, Houston Chronicle, "Tax reform an opportunity for tax professionals," 5 June 2019 Hot Wheels, which is owned by multinational toy company Mattel, can take a full-size vehicle and transform it into a teensy one on store shelves in 12 to 18 months. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "How Mattel Shrinks Cars Into Hot Wheels (Crash Test Included)," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of multinational

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of multinational was in 1854

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English Language Learners Definition of multinational

: of, relating to, or involving more than two nations
: working in several countries

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