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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Examples of multinational in a Sentence

multinational efforts to negotiate a lasting peace in the region
Recent Examples on the Web Over the weekend, the G7 Finance Minister came to a consensus on a global minimum corporation tax of at least 15% on the largest multinational corporations. London Business School, Forbes, 7 June 2021 As a result, many multinational corporations can easily and legally cut their taxes by shifting revenues, and thus profits, from high-tax countries to low-tax or no-tax countries. Geoff Colvin, Fortune, 7 June 2021 Currently, multinational corporations pay a minimum tax rate of 10.5 percent on their GILTI liability, which is designed to target a company’s high-return international income on intangible assets like intellectual property. Travis Nix, National Review, 13 Apr. 2021 The plan would be funded by raising the corporate tax rate to 28% and an increase on the minimum tax on U.S. multinational corporations to 21%. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Apr. 2021 In the back and forth, Judge Gonzalez Rogers openly grappled with the role courts should play in the operations of multinational corporations like Apple. Washington Post, 24 May 2021 At the same time, the proposal calls for raising the minimum tax on U.S. multinational corporations from 10.5% to 21%, which would be calculated on a country-by-country basis. Sarah Ewall-wice, CBS News, 22 May 2021 The coalition is one among hundreds of organizations that have opposed the co-optation of the United Nations Food Systems Summit by the World Economic Forum, multinational corporations and philanthropic foundations. Errol Schweizer, Forbes, 19 May 2021 That is because they are typically hired by multinational corporations and law firms whose wealthy clients have an interest in finding out what their enemies are up to. Barton Swaim, WSJ, 18 May 2021

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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 21 Jun. 2021.

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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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