Definition of multilateral in US English:



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

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