- between or among nations; involving two or more nations: international trade.
- of or relating to two or more nations or their citizens: a matter of international concern.
- pertaining to the relations between nations: international law.
- having members or activities in several nations: an international organization.
- transcending national boundaries or viewpoints: an international benefit; an international reputation.
- (initial capital letter) any of several international socialist or communist organizations formed in the 19th and 20th centuries.Compare First International, Second International, Third International, Fourth International, Labor and Socialist International.
- (sometimes initial capital letter) a labor union having locals in two or more countries.
- an organization, enterprise, or group, especially a major business concern, having branches, dealings, or members in several countries.
- an employee, especially an executive, assigned to work in a foreign country or countries by a business or organization that has branches or dealings in several countries.
Origin of international
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Examples from the Web for internationally
“Internationally there has been a lot of horror and contempt for her actions, domestically very little,” he said.Sisi Is Persecuting, Prosecuting, and Publicly Shaming Egypt’s Gays
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Do you have numbers on how many honor killings take place in the U.S. and internationally?The Dishonor of Honor Killings
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Who knew it was so complicated, so intensely evaluated, to be considered “internationally best dressed?”Are These Really the Best Dressed People in the World?
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Looch is the editor-publisher of an internationally respected lefty newspaper called the Russian Courier.This 1979 Novel Predicted Putin’s Invasion Of Crimea
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Israel also controls large amounts of Palestinian territory beyond its internationally recognized boundaries.Israel and Palestine Vs. ‘Blood and Magic’
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But he was known throughout the boundaries of the State, if not internationally.Expediter
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You have signed and ratified a treaty; you are internationally bound by that treaty.Essays in Liberalism
In the leading cities of these countries he made addresses that were statesmanlike and internationally tactful.Under Four Administrations
Oscar S. Straus
An international and internationally administered code for the whole of Labour Protection is strictly to be avoided.The Theory and Policy of Labour Protection
Albert Eberhard Friedrich Schffle
Meanwhile, the Empire was still the internationally recognized government of China and continued to function in Peking.Government in Republican China
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- of, concerning, or involving two or more nations or nationalities
- established by, controlling, or legislating for several nationsan international court; international fishing rights
- available for use by all nationsinternational waters
- a contest between two national teams
- a member of these teams
Word Origin and History for internationally
1780, apparently coined by Jeremy Bentham from inter- + national. In communist jargon, as a noun and with a capital -i-, it is short for International Working Men's Association, the first of which was founded in London by Marx in 1864. "The Internationale" (from fem. of French international), the socialist hymn, was written 1871 by Eugène Pottier. International Date Line is from 1910. Related: Internationally.
An international organization of workers founded by Karl Marx (see also Marx) in the 1860s. Weakened by disputes, it was dissolved in 1876, but it was succeeded by three later Internationals, which sought to spread communism throughout the world. The most effective of these was the Third International, formed by the Soviet Union in 1919 and dissolved in 1943 by Joseph Stalin.