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 noun

Examples of multinational in a Sentence

multinational efforts to negotiate a lasting peace in the region
Recent Examples on the Web Earlier this year, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute reported that tens of thousands of Uighurs were toiling in factories supplying dozens of multinational corporations. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Uighur Lives Matter," 30 June 2020 Coty, the multinational company that owns CoverGirl, Tiffany & Co. and Balenciaga among other notable beauty and fashion brands, bought 51% of Kylie Cosmetics for $600 million in 2019. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Is Kim Kardashian West a billionaire? Kanye congratulates his wife after beauty brand sale," 30 June 2020 Before the pandemic, domestic and multinational tech companies based here were bingeing on talent. Fortune, "America, you’re making a big mistake on immigration. And Canada thanks you," 29 June 2020 The move by the multinational consumer goods company comes amid ongoing pressure on corporations to rethink their branding in the wake of global demonstrations against police brutality and for racial justice. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Unilever to rename skin-lightening cream in India after outcry," 25 June 2020 Many American multinational clients have also taken steps to ensure less dependence on immigration by opening captive centers, also known as Global Capability Centres (GCC), in India. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Indian IT won’t collapse if it doesn’t get H-1B visas for one year," 24 June 2020 Currently, 50 leases for iron mining, covering 144 square kilometers, are operational within Saranda forest; and the Jharkhand government has granted 22 more leases, on 94 square kilometers of forest, to national and multinational companies. Gladson Dungdung, Scientific American, "India's Coronavirus Refugees Are Also Development Refugees," 20 June 2020 Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin declared an impasse in international talks on how countries tax multinational corporations, increasing the odds of an escalating trade and tariff dispute in the midst of a global downturn. Richard Rubin And Kate Davidson, WSJ, "Mnuchin Declares Global Corporate-Tax Talks at an Impasse," 17 June 2020 San Francisco resident Wayne Nowak challenged the city’s use of the lower threshold, with the backing of the multinational law firm Greenberg Traurig. Dominic Fracassa,, "SF Mayor Breed proposes parcel tax to fund teacher wages, pivot around lawsuit," 16 June 2020

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First Known Use of multinational

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 Jul 2020

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“Multinational.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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