Meaning of “multinational” in the English Dictionary

"multinational" in American English

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multinationaladjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˌmʌl·tiˈnæʃ·ə·nəl, ˌmʌl·tɑɪ-/

social studies involving or relating to different countries, or (of a business) operating in different countries:

multinational corporations

(Definition of “multinational” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"multinational" in Business English

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multinationalnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌmʌltiˈnæʃənəl/ us also multinational company, also multinational corporation COMMERCE

a very large company that has offices, stores, etc. in many different countries but that is controlled from the country where it was started. A company with a quarter or more of its sales in other countries is considered to be a multinational:

If multinationals become more important than governments, they can act as major forces of economic change.
a big/large/leading multinational


uk /ˌmʌltiˈnæʃənəl/ us

COMMERCE a multinational organization is very large and has offices, stores, etc. in many diffferent countries:

Over the years the firm has grown into a multinational organization with more than 200 affiliates in 17 countries.
a multinational business/bank/enterprise

relating to or involving several different countries:

The joint venture will be undertaken by a multinational group of 41 countries.
multinational agreements

(Definition of “multinational” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)