[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.


    at issue,
    1. being disputed or under discussion.
    2. being at opposite viewpoints; in disagreement: Medical experts are still at issue over the proper use of tranquilizers.
    join issue,
    1. to enter into controversy or take exception to.
    2. to submit an issue jointly for legal decision.
    take issue, to disagree; dispute: He took issue with me on my proposal for a new advertising campaign.

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
Related formsis·sue·less, adjectiveis·su·er, nounout·is·sue, verb (used with object), out·is·sued, out·is·su·ing.pre·is·sue, noun, verb (used with object), pre·is·sued, pre·is·su·ing.self-is·sued, adjectiveself-is·su·ing, adjectiveun·der·is·sue, nounun·is·sued, adjective

Synonyms for issue

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.

Antonyms for issue

25. return. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for issue

Contemporary Examples of issue

Historical Examples of issue

  • He resolved to listen with good grace to any homilies that might issue.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Have you the least doubt about what must be the issue of this correspondence, if continued?

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • The issue was, however, disappointing to him in the extreme.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Still he tried to fix the issue on the known unsavory reputation of the woman.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Chicago Red grinned with cheerful acceptance of the issue in such an encounter.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

British Dictionary definitions for 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 issue

c.1300, "exit, a going out, flowing out," from Old French issue "a way out, exit," from fem. past participle of issir "to go out," from Latin exire (cf. Italian uscire, Catalan exir), from ex- "out" (see ex-) + ire "to go," from PIE root *ei- "to go" (see ion). Meaning "discharge of blood or other fluid from the body" is from 1520s; sense of "offspring" is from late 14c. Meaning "outcome of an action" is attested from late 14c., probably from French; legal sense of "point in question at the conclusion of the presentation by both parties in a suit" (early 14c. in Anglo-French) led to transferred sense of "a point to be decided" (1836). Meaning "action of sending into publication or circulation" is from 1833.


c.1300, "to flow out," from issue (n.) or else from Old French issu, past participle of issir; sense of "to send out authoritatively" is from c.1600; that of "to supply (someone with something)" is from 1925. Related: Issued; issuing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

issue in Medicine




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 issue


see at issue; take issue with.

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