mul·​ti·​state | \ -ˌstāt \

Definition of multistate

1 : having divisions in several states multistate enterprises
2 : of, relating to, or involving several states

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Outbreak Alert Investigations of multistate foodborne illness outbreaks surged in 2018 as better technology helps boost detection. Jesse Newman, WSJ, "Foodborne Illness Outbreaks in Spotlight as Technology Improves," 18 Dec. 2018 Jose Daniel Saenz, a former deputy Texas insurance commissioner, said he was briefed about Safe Harbor during this multistate review that studied how insurance money was used to help buy the Dodgers. Leslie Scism, WSJ, "L.A. Dodgers Are Part of an Unorthodox $20 Billion Plan to Backstop Insurers," 24 Nov. 2018 Detection of multistate outbreaks is getting better, so cases may have slipped by unnoticed in previous years, especially with numbers like just one or two victims in a whole state. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Trash your romaine lettuce and don’t eat any in restaurants, says the CDC," 21 Nov. 2018 His office also launched the first multistate Spanish-language TV ad the last week before the election to get out the vote in the Latino community. Luis Alonso Lugo, The Seattle Times, "Dems: Latino turnout up 174 percent over ’14 in early voting," 13 Nov. 2018 Food companies are grappling with costly recalls and an increase in multistate outbreaks of foodborne illness this year due partly to advances in pathogen detection. Jesse Newman, WSJ, "Wide Recalls Are Latest Jolt to Food-Supply Chain," 22 Oct. 2018 Washington, Oregon and Nevada are among the other states that do not accept the multistate license. Anna Gorman, Washington Post, "Reducing Red Tape For Traveling Nurses," 20 Feb. 2018 According to the 1994 indictment, Johnson was a ringleader of a multistate operation that trafficked in thousands of pounds of cocaine during the early 1990s. Alex Johnson /, NBC News, "Kim Kardashian West pushes White House for more drug sentence commutations," 14 June 2018 But the federal and multistate effort is one that President Trump's budget office has proposed drastically cutting. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Zinke's U-turn puts oil and gas industry on edge," 6 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of multistate

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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