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[muhl-tee-nash-uh-nl, muhl-tahy-] /ˌmʌl tiˈnæʃ ə nl, ˌmʌl taɪ-/
a large corporation with operations and subsidiaries in several countries.
of, relating to, or involving several nations.
noting or pertaining to multinationals.
Origin of multinational
1925-30; multi- + national
Related forms
multinationalism, noun
multinationally, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for multinational
  • The huge multinational corporations direct policy in almost every country in the world now.
  • So multinational corporations can walk in and buy companies that the tax payer built, for next to nothing.
  • Of course, then the large multinational publishing houses are freely able to use it.
  • Dell did not become a multinational corporation by building the best computers in the world.
  • Every large multinational corporation provides large sums of funding for numerous academic pursuits.
  • They do take tests, but the tests are drawn up by their own teachers, not by a multinational testing corporation.
  • From now on, every multinational company should have to pay a basic minimum tax.
  • He proposed a minimum tax on multinational corporations.
  • As their multinational clients expand into developing countries, they are finding it imperative to follow.
  • He could go on a populist tear, blaming all of today's economic problems on plutocrats and multinational corporations.
British Dictionary definitions for multinational


(of a large business company) operating in several countries
such a company
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Word Origin and History for multinational

also multi-national, by 1921, from multi- + national. Originally with reference to states; later (by 1960) to corporations and organizations. As a noun, short for multinational corporation, attested by 1971.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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