[ish-oo or, esp. British, is-yoo]


verb (used with object), is·sued, is·su·ing.

verb (used without object), is·sued, is·su·ing.

Nearby words

  1. issn,
  2. issp,
  3. issuable,
  4. issuance,
  5. issuant,
  6. issue par,
  7. issue price,
  8. issuing house,
  9. issus,
  10. issyk-kul


Origin of issue

1275–1325; (noun) Middle English < Middle French: place or passage out; Old French (e)issue < Vulgar Latin *exūta, noun use of feminine of *exūtus, Latin exitus exit1; (v.) Middle English issuen, derivative of the noun, or < Middle French, Old French (e)issu, past participle of issir to go out (≪ Latin exīre); see exit2

2. copy, edition, printing. 5, 7. crux. 6, 7. problem, question. 11. upshot, conclusion, end. 25. See emerge. 28. flow, emanate, arise, spring. 29. ensue.

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British Dictionary definitions for at issue



the act of sending or giving out something; supply; delivery
something issued; an edition of stamps, a magazine, etc
the number of identical items, such as banknotes or shares in a company, that become available at a particular time
the act of emerging; outflow; discharge
something flowing out, such as a river
a place of outflow; outlet
the descendants of a person; offspring; progeny
a topic of interest or discussion
an important subject requiring a decision
an outcome or consequence; result
  1. a suppurating sore
  2. discharge from a wound
law the matter remaining in dispute between the parties to an action after the pleadings
the yield from or profits arising out of land or other property
military the allocation of items of government stores, such as food, clothing, and ammunition
library science
  1. the system for recording current loans
  2. the number of books loaned in a specified period
obsolete an act, deed, or proceeding
at issue
  1. under discussion
  2. in disagreement
force the issue to compel decision on some matter
join issue
  1. to join in controversy
  2. to submit an issue for adjudication
take issue to disagree

verb -sues, -suing or -sued

to come forth or emerge or cause to come forth or emerge
to publish or deliver (a newspaper, magazine, etc)
(tr) to make known or announce
(intr) to originate or proceed
(intr) to be a consequence; result
(intr foll by in) to end or terminate
  1. to give out or allocate (equipment, a certificate, etc) officially to someone
  2. (foll by with)to supply officially (with)
Derived Formsissueless, adjectiveissuer, noun

Word Origin for issue

C13: from Old French eissue way out, from eissir to go out, from Latin exīre, from ex- 1 + īre to go

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Word Origin and History for at issue
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Medicine definitions for at issue




A discharge, as of blood or pus.
A lesion, a wound, or an ulcer that produces a discharge of this sort.

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Idioms and Phrases with at issue

at issue


In question, under discussion; also, to be decided. For example, Who will pay for the refreshments was the point at issue. [Early 1800s]


In conflict, in disagreement, as in Physicians are still at issue over the appropriate use of hormone therapy. This usage, from legal terminology, was defined by Sir William Blackstone (Commentaries on the Laws of England, 1768), who said that when a point is affirmed by one side and denied by the other, “they are then said to be at issue.”


see at issue; take issue with.

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