Definition of multilateral in English:

multilateral

Pronunciation: /ˌməltēˈladərəl//ˌməltēˈlatrəl/

adjective

  • 1Agreed upon or participated in by three or more parties, especially the governments of different countries.

    ‘multilateral negotiations’
    ‘multilateral nuclear disarmament’
    • ‘The Prime Minister says that she is supporting the multilateral approach of the United Nations.’
    • ‘Further multilateral agreements to control nuclear weapons were both welcome to CND and blunted its cutting edge.’
    • ‘Canada complained that France was breaking multilateral trade agreements.’
    • ‘As a result, a multilateral nuclear arms race may erupt, which will pose a great danger to the world.’
    • ‘It is imperative for that meeting to launch a new round of multilateral trade negotiations.’
    • ‘In a sure sign of the times, there are increased warnings that the post-war multilateral trade system is breaking down.’
    • ‘Stronger European standards would have provided a basis for negotiating more effectively for multilateral standards.’
    • ‘The world is a safer place when multilateral processes are followed and the international rule of law upheld.’
    • ‘I will continue to seek solutions to the problems of this region through dialog and multilateral diplomacy.’
    • ‘In 1992 he was appointed director of multilateral policy and two years later director of planning.’
    • ‘Participating in ambitious multilateral commitments is therefore in their interest.’
    • ‘The United States was the driving force behind all the multilateral negotiations.’
    • ‘There have been eight rounds of multilateral trade negotiations since 1947.’
    • ‘The parties in the multilateral talks also include China, Russia, South Korea and the United States.’
    • ‘North Korea has repeatedly opposed the issue being raised during the multilateral negotiations.’
    • ‘He was outlining our multilateral disarmament policy.’
    • ‘What I am satisfied of is that New Zealand has done the right thing in agreeing to be part of this very important multilateral initiative.’
    • ‘Our interests are best protected not by unilateral action but by multilateral agreement and a world order governed by rules.’
    • ‘Talks between the two countries hold the key for the multilateral negotiations.’
    • ‘The multilateral negotiations offer us the best opportunities as a trading nation.’
    1. 1.1 Having members or contributors from several groups, especially several different countries.
      ‘multilateral aid agencies’
      • ‘Some of the multilateral agencies are not just focusing on GDP figures at this point.’
      • ‘The first Chennai Water Supply Project, also funded by the multilateral agency, was completed six years ago.’
      • ‘The role and relative importance of multilateral institutions have already changed too.’
      • ‘It is not, and was never meant to be, a multilateral development aid agency for the poorer countries of Europe.’
      • ‘New or not, the council members said the need for a multilateral organization is real.’
      • ‘On the regional level, there has been an extraordinary proliferation of multilateral organizations and agreements.’
      • ‘Much of this increase is through multilateral agencies as well as direct bilateral assistance.’
      • ‘Of course the Pacific Islands Forum itself is a multilateral organisation, and the support was offered unanimously.’
      • ‘The last 20 years have seen a change in the relative efficiency and effectiveness of multilateral and bilateral aid.’
      • ‘It is a multilateral aid programme and operates on the basis of voluntary contributions pledged at irregular intervals.’
      • ‘It began with individual bankers and advisers giving way to multilateral agencies.’
      • ‘Aid programmes in such regimes are done through multilateral institutions which bypass the government.’

Pronunciation:

multilateral

/ˌməltēˈladərəl//ˌməltēˈlatrəl/