multinational

adjective
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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Other Words from multinational

multinational noun

Synonyms for multinational

Synonyms

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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President Trump has at times criticized the North Atlantic Treaty Organization alliance and other multinational groups, while calling on longtime allies such as South Korea to pay more for their own defense. Warren P. Strobel, WSJ, "U.S. Officials Cite Global Isolationist Tendencies Among New Security Risks," 22 Jan. 2019 Zhang Ming of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences recalls the Plaza Accord, a multinational agreement reached in 1985 under American pressure. The Economist, "A threatened trade war between China and America may be on hold," 24 May 2018 But the two part company on some significant issues, including the Paris climate accord, which Trump withdrew the U.S. from last year, and the Iran-nuclear deal, another multinational agreement that Trump is itching to pull out of. Darlene Superville, BostonGlobe.com, "Vive la France: President Trump hosts glitzy White House state dinner," 22 Apr. 2018 But the two part company on some significant issues, including the Paris climate accord, which Trump withdrew the U.S. from last year, and the Iran-nuclear deal, another multinational agreement that Trump is itching to pull out of. Darlene Superville, The Seattle Times, "Vive la France: Trump hosts glitzy White House state dinner," 21 Apr. 2018 Missile tests are not covered by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the 2015 multinational agreement that effectively ended Iran's nuclear weapons program. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Pentagon: Iran Tested a Ballistic Missile With North Korean Origins," 31 Jan. 2017 Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestlé were the most frequent multinational brands collected in cleanups. Tabor Wordelman, Teen Vogue, "You Can't Just "Clean Up" the Plastic in the Ocean. Here's Why.," 18 Dec. 2018 Look at the historic success of the multinational pressure campaign against North Korea, which was spearheaded by a series of U.N. Security Council resolutions. Kiron Skinner, WSJ, "Trump Defends the International Order," 11 Dec. 2018 Despite a multinational effort to find the submarine and rescue survivors, its remains were never found. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Drones Are Looking for the Lost Sub That Disappeared One Year Ago," 16 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of multinational

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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multinational

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of multinational

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

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