- a personal or emotional problem: I had issues that prevented me from doing well in school.
- any problem or difficulty: Sorry I'm late—I had an issue with parking.
- a discharge of blood, pus, or the like.
- an incision, ulcer, or the like, emitting such a discharge.
verb (used with object), is·sued, is·su·ing.
verb (used without object), is·sued, is·su·ing.
- being disputed or under discussion.
- being at opposite viewpoints; in disagreement: Medical experts are still at issue over the proper use of tranquilizers.
- to enter into controversy or take exception to.
- to submit an issue jointly for legal decision.
Origin of issue
Synonyms for issue
Antonyms for issue
Related Words for issueaffair, point, question, argument, controversy, topic, matter, problem, concern, subject, consequence, outcome, effect, number, promulgate, deliver, send, publish, release, announce
Examples from the Web for issue
Contemporary Examples of issue
But the tide was turning on this issue, an email from another constituent made clear.
Like many Americans—but few Republican presidential candidates—the former Florida governor has evolved on the issue.
In this cockamamie get-rich scheme, would they all issue an apology if he cut a check?Phylicia Rashad and the Cult of Cosby Truthers
January 8, 2015
Various clerks said that they personally would not issue gay marriage licenses.
Judge Hinkle said “the Constitution requires the Clerk to issue such licenses.”
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)
The issue was, however, disappointing to him in the extreme.
Still he tried to fix the issue on the known unsavory reputation of the woman.
Chicago Red grinned with cheerful acceptance of the issue in such an encounter.
- a suppurating sore
- discharge from a wound
- the system for recording current loans
- the number of books loaned in a specified period
- under discussion
- in disagreement
- to join in controversy
- to submit an issue for adjudication
verb -sues, -suing or -sued
- to give out or allocate (equipment, a certificate, etc) officially to someone
- (foll by with)to supply officially (with)
Word Origin 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.
see at issue; take issue with.