Definition of multinational in English:



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

    ‘1,500 troops were sent to join the multinational force’
    • ‘And the State Department has already indicated that a multinational force will be sent to the Haiti soon.’
    • ‘This year I noticed that a few multinational organizations have begun sending releases in more than one language.’
    • ‘He's asked the multinational forces to stay there and to help him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Recent surveys showed that a majority of the electorate opposed Japanese participation in the multinational force.’
    • ‘A multinational force of US, French and Italian units then moved in.’
    • ‘The resolution would authorise a multinational force sought by some potential troop-contributing nations led by the US.’
    • ‘Most contentiously, Pakistan's military ruler has allegedly agreed to allow a multinational force to be stationed inside the country's borders.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 they're still going to have to do a lot of work to get a much needed multinational force on board.’
    • ‘There were battalions of multinational forces of hired fighters, who went to work for the dictator or guerrilla leader who paid their price.’
    • ‘On the face of it, leading a multinational force of peacekeepers to Guadalcanal should be a relatively uncontroversial exercise.’
    global, worldwide, intercontinental
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    1. 1.1 (of a business organization) operating in several countries:
      ‘multinational corporations’
      • ‘Smaller farms in Britain and Africa go out of business as they struggle to compete with multinational operations.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The problem is when multinational corporations are able to operate transnationally without the democratic social controls that operate at national levels.’
      • ‘Account holders vary as well, from individuals through to multinational enterprises and governments.’
      • ‘Want to know how governments act to crush independent business while protecting multinational oil cartels?’
      • ‘Right now multinational business enjoys a relatively borderless world.’
      • ‘Primary producers in all regions of the world would lose as prices are forced down by multinational traders.’
      • ‘He is proud to be the MD of a multinational business here.’
      • ‘We set up an archive business for multinational firms some years ago.’
      • ‘Its customers range in size from small businesses to multinational corporations.’
      • ‘Other actors such as multinational corporations or international organizations all have to work within the framework of inter-state relations.’
      • ‘China, for instance, was opened up to multinational corporations run by Chinese businesspeople who had lived or studied abroad.’
      • ‘For many multinational firms doing business in unfamiliar countries, it made sense to create joint ventures with local firms.’
      • ‘They are saying the only route to sustainable development is partnership with business and self regulation of multinational corporations.’
      • ‘When the Big Five came to China a decade ago, they only served their existing multinational clients operating in China.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They can accommodate the individual, the small business, and the multinational corporation.’
      • ‘The imperial state operates in synergy with its multinational corporations.’
      • ‘The WTO has been accused of giving too much room for multinational corporations to expand their businesses without proper control.’


  • A company operating in several countries:

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