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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Other Words from transnational

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

Synonyms for transnational


foreign, international, multinational

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Examples of transnational in a Sentence

global warming is a transnational problem that requires a transnational solution

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First, the idea of cyberspace, a transnational, individualistic, largely unregulated, and free place that was not exactly located in any governmental domain, completely collapsed. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "The Coalition Out to Kill Tech As We Know It," 4 June 2019 The Democratic governor cast his decision as a welcome infusion of support paid for by the U.S. government to fight transnational criminal gangs and drug and firearms smugglers. Fox News, "California rejects proposed border duties for troops, US says," 17 Apr. 2018 Newsom’s Monday order said the increase in Central American migrants crossing the border is the result of a desire to escape violence and repression fueled in part by the activities of transnational crime organizations. Kathleen Ronayne, The Seattle Times, "California governor rebukes Trump in border troop withdrawal," 12 Feb. 2019 Interpol focuses on cross-border or transnational crimes, such as trafficking and, well, cases of missing people. Jen Kirby, Vox, "How the weird case of the missing Interpol chief got even weirder," 8 Oct. 2018 The announcement comes a day after Sessions named the cartel one of the top five transnational criminal organizations. Michael Balsamo, The Seattle Times, "US announces 15 indictments against Mexican drug cartel," 16 Oct. 2018 In addition to sheriff’s deputies assigned to Sound Transit, the agency contracts with a transnational private security firm, Securitas, whose personnel are not sworn officers and who have their own policies and guidelines. Agueda Pacheco-flores, The Seattle Times, "Photo of security guard with ICE card at Seattle light-rail station baffles Sound Transit, immigration agency," 28 July 2018 For one, the end of the Cold War and the rise of transnational politics has made Western targets more prominent. Gerasimos Tsourapas, Washington Post, "How authoritarian regimes use migration to exert ‘soft power’ in foreign policy," 6 July 2018 Before the arrival of the troops in El Centro, the Guard already had 250 personnel assisting on transnational counter-narcotics efforts statewide, 55 of them along the border with Mexico. Carl Prine,, "Initial deployment of California troops arrive at the border," 14 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of transnational

: operating in or involving more than one country

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