trans·​na·​tion·​al | \(ˌ)tran(t)s-ˈnash-nəl, (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 , -​ˈna-​shə-​nə-​, (ˌ)tranz-​ \ noun

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foreign, international, multinational

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global warming is a transnational problem that requires a transnational solution

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But transgender women are an especially vulnerable population, said Nicole Ramos, director of the Border Rights Project for Al Otro Lado, a transnational group that provides legal services to deportees and migrants seeking asylum. Daniel González, azcentral, "Transgender women in migrant caravan face new struggles seeking asylum in U.S.," 29 May 2018 Second, the transnational trade does not oversee and guide ivory poaching. Kristof Titeca, Washington Post, "I did the first long-term study investigating illegal ivory traders. Here’s what I learned.," 18 Apr. 2018 Trump has often cited crimes committed by the transnational gang MS-13 in cities as far from the southern border as New York., "On Texas border, despite what Trump says, some see no crisis," 23 June 2018 Their denim jacket, lovingly called the Kutte, is a symbol of the fans' transnational unity and local identity. Nancy Baym, WIRED, "Book Excerpt: How Music Fans Built the Internet," 10 July 2018 The group of special agents suggested splitting up ICE into two separate agencies: one that focuses on detaining and deporting undocumented immigrants, and another that focuses on transnational criminal investigations. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "19 top ICE investigators ask DHS officials to split up the agency," 29 June 2018 But today’s telecommunications industry is transnational and borderless. Donald A. Purdy Jr., Fortune, "I’m the Security Chief at Huawei U.S. Banning Us Won’t Make Americans Safer," 26 June 2018 Caravan migrants arriving at border The caravan, organized by Pueblo Sin Fronteras, a transnational advocacy group based in San Diego, began arriving at the U.S. border this week. Daniel González, azcentral, "Central American migrants in caravan on a collision course with Trump," 26 Apr. 2018 Discussions were expected to address ways to combat transnational criminal organizations, the U.S. opioid epidemic and trade tensions. Susannah George,, "Mexico officials urge Mike Pompeo to reunite immigrant families quickly," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of transnational

1921, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of transnational

: operating in or involving more than one country

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obstinately defiant of authority

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