Definition of multinational in English:

multinational

adjective

  • 1Including or involving several countries or individuals of several nationalities.

    ‘1,500 troops were sent to join the multinational force’
    • ‘It authorizes the multinational force to remain in Iraq to help ensure security but gives the Iraqi government the right to ask the force to leave at any time.’
    • ‘A warlord in the Solomon Islands surrendered Wednesday to a multinational intervention force in the South Pacific island nation.’
    • ‘And the State Department has already indicated that a multinational force will be sent to the Haiti soon.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now according to multinational forces, the U.S. aircraft dropped this bomb in the courtyard of a house, the damage plain to see.’
    • ‘Multilateralists can argue that the presence of a multinational force made all the difference.’
    • ‘But a statement from the multinational forces said only four passengers in the bus were killed and four wounded when the bus was caught in the crossfire.’
    • ‘This year I noticed that a few multinational organizations have begun sending releases in more than one language.’
    • ‘A multinational force of US, French and Italian units then moved in.’
    • ‘If the United States continues to enter conflicts as a partner of a multinational force, it will have to observe international laws.’
    • ‘Special forces have the advantage of being a niche capability that can be quickly assimilated into a multinational force.’
    • ‘Recent surveys showed that a majority of the electorate opposed Japanese participation in the multinational force.’
    • ‘On the face of it, leading a multinational force of peacekeepers to Guadalcanal should be a relatively uncontroversial exercise.’
    • ‘He's asked the multinational forces to stay there and to help him.’
    • ‘The resolution would authorise a multinational force sought by some potential troop-contributing nations led by the US.’
    • ‘But they're still going to have to do a lot of work to get a much needed multinational force on board.’
    • ‘Most contentiously, Pakistan's military ruler has allegedly agreed to allow a multinational force to be stationed inside the country's borders.’
    • ‘There were battalions of multinational forces of hired fighters, who went to work for the dictator or guerrilla leader who paid their price.’
    global, worldwide, intercontinental
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    1. 1.1 (of a business organization) operating in several countries.
      ‘multinational corporations’
      • ‘He is proud to be the MD of a multinational business here.’
      • ‘The imperial state operates in synergy with its multinational corporations.’
      • ‘For many multinational firms doing business in unfamiliar countries, it made sense to create joint ventures with local firms.’
      • ‘He had been a finance manager in a multinational organization in Mumbai with almost 12 years of experience.’
      • ‘The problem is when multinational corporations are able to operate transnationally without the democratic social controls that operate at national levels.’
      • ‘When the Big Five came to China a decade ago, they only served their existing multinational clients operating in China.’
      • ‘They can accommodate the individual, the small business, and the multinational corporation.’
      • ‘Account holders vary as well, from individuals through to multinational enterprises and governments.’
      • ‘Smaller farms in Britain and Africa go out of business as they struggle to compete with multinational operations.’
      • ‘We set up an archive business for multinational firms some years ago.’
      • ‘Primary producers in all regions of the world would lose as prices are forced down by multinational traders.’
      • ‘The WTO has been accused of giving too much room for multinational corporations to expand their businesses without proper control.’
      • ‘A global system implies the emergence of multinational companies which operate in a number of states, and which own especial loyalty to no one state.’
      • ‘China, for instance, was opened up to multinational corporations run by Chinese businesspeople who had lived or studied abroad.’
      • ‘They are saying the only route to sustainable development is partnership with business and self regulation of multinational corporations.’
      • ‘Right now multinational business enjoys a relatively borderless world.’
      • ‘Other actors such as multinational corporations or international organizations all have to work within the framework of inter-state relations.’
      • ‘After all, that's a typical age for a CEO of a large, multinational organization.’
      • ‘Want to know how governments act to crush independent business while protecting multinational oil cartels?’
      • ‘Its customers range in size from small businesses to multinational corporations.’

noun

  • A company operating in several countries.

    ‘the oil industry was entirely controlled by five multinationals’
    • ‘There can be no compromise with the banks, financial institutions and multinationals.’
    • ‘The multinationals and their advertising companies were always quick to incorporate signs of otherness.’
    • ‘But the slump in prices is also down to the growing power of the big multinationals that buy the produce.’
    • ‘It is also winning business from multinationals that often want small local offices but do not want to commit to long term leases.’
    • ‘Perhaps some are, but maybe the top level managers in many multinationals just haven't got what it takes.’
    • ‘Many more jobs are being quietly eroded in the small firms that supply multinationals.’
    • ‘Failure to adopt it could lead to companies being shunned by some of the world's biggest multinationals.’
    • ‘We have seen multinationals scale back their operations here over the past months.’
    • ‘It could organise manufacturing for multinationals which prefer to concentrate on selling their products.’
    • ‘Let's talk more generally about multinationals operating in developing countries.’
    • ‘Several Asian tech multinationals already use India as a product development base.’
    • ‘While this would bring more money into the coffers of government, it would leave control with the multinationals.’
    • ‘The top five tobacco multinationals have annual revenues in excess of $100 billion.’
    • ‘It covers all large Indian companies and multinationals that strongly believe in patents.’
    • ‘Ireland's drinks market is dominated by the multinationals but one smaller operation is making inroads.’
    • ‘It caters to the recruitment needs of indigenous Irish firms as well as multinationals based here.’
    • ‘We have handed over local food production and distribution to multinationals and countries we have no control over.’
    • ‘The idea was to create companies capable of competing with foreign multinationals.’
    • ‘It was an attempt to wrest back control from a globalised economy where the multinationals rule.’
    • ‘Several multinationals funded the office and hired two workers to run it.’
    firm, business, corporation, house, establishment, agency, office, bureau, institution, organization, operation, concern, enterprise, venture, undertaking, practice
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Pronunciation

multinational

/mʌltɪˈnaʃ(ə)n(ə)l/