Definition of multinational in English:


Line breaks: multi|nation¦al
Pronunciation: /mʌltɪˈnaʃ(ə)n(ə)l


  • 1Including or involving several countries or individuals of several nationalities: 1,500 troops were sent to join the multinational force
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    • The resolution would authorise a multinational force sought by some potential troop-contributing nations led by the US.
    • A warlord in the Solomon Islands surrendered Wednesday to a multinational intervention force in the South Pacific island nation.
    • As long as they remain reliant on the multinational forces, it will be difficult to create a national consensus that will allow the elections to succeed.
  • 1.1(Of a business organization) operating in several countries: multinational corporations
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    • After all, that's a typical age for a CEO of a large, multinational organization.
    • He had been a finance manager in a multinational organization in Mumbai with almost 12 years of experience.
    • Its customers range in size from small businesses to multinational corporations.


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  • A company operating in several countries: the oil industry was entirely controlled by five multinationals
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    • Ireland's drinks market is dominated by the multinationals but one smaller operation is making inroads.
    • We have seen multinationals scale back their operations here over the past months.
    • Let's talk more generally about multinationals operating in developing countries.



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  • They ought to be dealt with multinationally, with the world community trying to contain these threats, without our using the kind of unilateralist rhetoric which has too frequently been used.
  • Is the mainstream media locally or multinationally owned?
  • Italian banking houses, such as the Medici, Bardi, Acciauoli and Peruzzi, had branch offices in London, Paris, and Bruges, and were part of a network of perhaps 150 Italian banks operating multinationally.

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