Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having operations, subsidiaries, or investments in more than two countries.
  • adjective Of or involving more than two countries.
  • noun A company or corporation operating in more than two countries.

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  • adjective of, or involving more than two countries
  • adjective of a business organization operating, or having subsidiary companies in multiple countries (especially more than two)
  • noun a multinational company

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective involving or operating in several nations or nationalities

Etymologies

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multi- +‎ national

Examples

  • Beijing has shown increasing willingness to engage in multinational economic institutions, demanding a greater voice in both the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank to better reflect China's status as the world's second-largest economy after the U.S.

    China Bank Regulator Urges Global Treaty

  • I think attitudes have changed and a lot of past mistakes are recognized (although you could draw parallels with certain multinational companies, if you wanted to).

    Stef Penney discusses her first novel, The Tenderness of Wolves

  • The only study that used real firm level data on how they used the funds – an academic survey of actual users of the break – did find that the funds went for the allowed purposes such as investment and payrolls (confirmed by data showing, for example, that wages went up in multinational corporations in the sectors that used the break heavily).

    Dissents: Why we should give multinationals a tax holiday

  • Individuals working in multinational firms or running a business abroad come under the bracket of international tax law.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Colorado Attorney General Explains the Obamacare Lawsuit

  • Overall, CCTV didn't lose any of its major and long-term multinational clients this year, said Xia Hongbo, the director of CCTV's advertising department.

    Marketers Flock to China's Biggest TV Network

  • Each book is based on a series of long-term multinational case studies, and each takes account of the microeconomics of particular industries.

    Economic Principals

  • The NSTC, with advice from PCAST, will recommend policies for long-term multinational agreements for the support of large scientific projects.

    Science In The National Interest Policy Statement

  • The NSTC, with advice from PCAST, will recommend policies for long-term multinational agreements for the support of large scientific projects.

    Policy Statement On Science In The National Interest

  • Recently I have spent a lot of time in French multinational companies, and what is inescapable is the stranglehold that English already has on the world of business here.

    BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition

  • In order of assets, the largest Mexican multinational is Cemex (the cement maker with overseas assets of 12.193 billion dollars and annual foreign sales of 45.403 billion dollars), followed by América Móvil (telecommunications), Grupo Bimbo (bakery products), Gruma (corn flour and food products), Savia (seeds, food distribution) and IMSA (steel and plastics).

    Lloyd Mexico Economic Report November 2004

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