mul·ti·na·tion·al | \ -ˈnash-nəl , -ˈna-shə-nᵊl \

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 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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The multinational initiative, End Clergy Abuse, was announced Thursday at a press conference in Geneva. Fox News, "Abuse survivors launch global bishop accountability effort," 7 June 2018 Chevron is one of the few multinational oil companies still working in Venezuela, where the socialist government has raised royalties and seized assets to increase its control of the industry. Houston Chronicle, "Venezuela frees 2 Chevron employees arrested in April," 7 June 2018 Those sensitivities were exploited by the industry to discredit the campaign to end bear farming, unfairly portraying it as acting in the interests of multinational drug companies out to seize market share from Chinese rivals. Author: Simon Denyer, Anchorage Daily News, "From hemorrhoids to hangovers: Bear bile is treasured in China, and that’s bad for captive bears," 3 June 2018 And while no one should waste their tears on a massive multinational corporation, the process by which the green mermaid gang was run off does not bode particularly well for Boston. Nestor Ramos,, "Weep not for Starbucks. But in the North End, what comes next?," 12 July 2018 Novartis, a multinational pharmaceutical company based in Switzerland, will seek shareholder approval of the spinoff in February, and if approved the transition would be completed by the middle of next year, company officials said. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "No need to shed tears yet. Alcon promises to stay in Fort Worth after spinoff," 9 July 2018 To state the obvious, these are multinational corporations, with an ultimate interest in their bottom lines. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The Death of the Public Square," 6 July 2018 Such facilities sit on at least $57.8 million worth of land in Texas, according to property records - owned by an array of prominent executives, multinational energy corporations, real estate developers and education company officials. Mark Collette, Joshua Fechter And Bill Lambrecht, San Antonio Express-News, "Companies earn billions to shelter immigrant children," 29 June 2018 Of the computer and electronics products affected by the July 6 tariffs, 87 percent are produced by multinational corporations' Chinese affiliates rather than domestic Chinese companies, according to Lovely. David J. Lynch,, "Popularity of tariffs on China may lead to political pain for Trump," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of multinational

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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