trans·​na·​tion·​al | \ (ˌ)tran(t)s-ˈnash-nəl How to pronounce transnational (audio) , (ˌ)tranz-, -ˈna-shə-nᵊl \

Definition of transnational

: extending or going beyond national boundaries transnational corporations

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transnationalism \ (ˌ)tran(t)s-​ˈnash-​nə-​ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce transnational (audio) , -​ˈna-​shə-​nə-​ , (ˌ)tranz-​ \ noun

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global warming is a transnational problem that requires a transnational solution
Recent Examples on the Web Biden can bolster his global democracy agenda by insisting on accountability and leading the fight against the scourge of transnational repression. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | OTHERS SAY: The long arm of the outlaw regimes," 15 Feb. 2021 The Guðmundsson brothers of the Westman Islands don’t care too much about the politics of the transnational negotiations. Regin Winther Poulsen, The Atlantic, "The Rules for Dividing the Ocean’s Riches Are Breaking," 13 Feb. 2021 The drugs’ seizure assisted in disrupting transnational crime organizations. Christine Mui,, "Coast Guard cutter returns to Boston after $10 million cocaine and marijuana bust," 29 Jan. 2021 But as profoundly, a presidential-level recommitment to working multilaterally to solve transnational problems. Star Tribune, "Biden is about to fulfill a promise on climate change," 19 Jan. 2021 In the indictment, filed in Central Islip, N.Y., where MS-13 members have committed a series of brutal slayings, 14 members of the transnational gang were charged. Fox News, "MS-13’s highest ranking leaders charged with terrorism offenses in US," 15 Jan. 2021 On Thursday, Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen hailed the indictment as an important step toward the goal of crippling the gang’s transnational operations. Rebecca Davis O’brien, WSJ, "Alleged MS-13 Gang Leaders Charged in DOJ Indictment," 14 Jan. 2021 Tulasi Srinivas is a professor of anthropology, religion and transnational studies at Emerson College's Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies. Tulasi Srinivas, CNN, "The 'clink clink" of your New Year's Eve toast has an icy backstory," 31 Dec. 2020 Miller, who has 35 days left on the job, will also be briefed on Joint Interagency Task Force South, which, along with 26 partner nations, works to degrade transnational criminal organizations while reducing illicit trafficking to the United States. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Pompeo’s exit interview: China, Russia, Korea, Iran, and the secret to staying on Trump’s good side," 16 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of transnational

1921, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of transnational was in 1921

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“Transnational.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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: operating in or involving more than one country

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