trans·​na·​tion·​al (ˌ)tran(t)s-ˈnash-nəl How to pronounce transnational (audio)
: extending or going beyond national boundaries
transnational corporations
(ˌ)tran(t)s-ˈnash-nə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce transnational (audio)

Examples of transnational in a Sentence

climate change is a transnational problem that requires a transnational solution
Recent Examples on the Web Amid the tumult of the 1990s — the dissolution of the Eastern bloc, transnational trade agreements, the internet — Caribbean society found itself in rapid transformation, like most everywhere on the planet. Globe Staff,, 8 Sep. 2023 Today, the reliance of transnational criminal organizations, hostile government actors, terrorist groups and drug cartels on U.S. communications platforms provides a strategic advantage to the United States that would be foolish to waste, the U.S. intelligence official said. oregonlive, 4 Sep. 2023 Although this trip would only take us through Austrian Tyrol, the region has a transnational identity, characterized by a tradition of family-run hospitality. Thomas Rogers, Travel + Leisure, 28 Aug. 2023 Competition could see the United States and China engage in a technology race that pushes the frontiers of human knowledge to new heights and creates innovative solutions to transnational problems. Michael Beckley, Foreign Affairs, 22 Aug. 2023 His killing has put a spotlight on a recent escalation of violence, fueled by a cocaine boom, which has seen transnational criminal organizations and local gangs engage in high-level graft and extortion, overrun prisons, and murder anyone who gets in their way. Tara John, CNN, 20 Aug. 2023 And in public remarks and social media posts, Abbott has called the sharp increase in unlawful border crossings, coupled with transnational drug-trafficking, an invasion that threatens Texas' sovereignty. John C. Moritz, USA TODAY, 17 Aug. 2023 Courtesy image The two men were members of the Northeast Cartel, known as the Cartel del Noreste, a transnational criminal organization that illegally moves people and drugs over the border into the U.S. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, 14 Aug. 2023 But now that American forces are no longer combating transnational militants in the region, Afghanistan’s neighbors worry the Taliban cannot, or will not, fill the gap. Graeme Smith, Foreign Affairs, 11 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of transnational was in 1921

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“Transnational.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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