something that is printed or published and distributed, especially a given number of a periodical: Have you seen the latest issue of the magazine?
something that is sent out or put forth in any form.
a quantity of something that is officially offered for sale or put into circulation at one time: a new issue of commemorative stamps;a new bond issue.
a point in question or a matter that is in dispute, as between contending parties in an action at law.
a point, matter, or dispute, the decision of which is of special or public importance: the political issues.
a point, the decision of which determines a matter: The real issue in the strike was the right to bargain collectively.
a point at which a matter is ready for decision: to bring a case to an issue.
something proceeding from any source, as a product, effect, result, or consequence: His words were the issue of an intelligent man.
Often issues .
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.
the ultimate result, event, or outcome of a proceeding, affair, etc.: the issue of a contest.
a distribution of food rations, clothing, equipment, or ammunition to a number of officers or enlisted soldiers, or to a military unit.
a going, coming, passing, or flowing out: free issue and entry.
a place or means of egress; outlet or exit.
something that comes out, as an outflowing stream.
a discharge of blood, pus, or the like.
an incision, ulcer, or the like, emitting such a discharge.
is·sues, English Law. the profits from land or other property.
the printing of copies of a work from the original setting of type with some slight changes: the third issue of the poem.
Obsolete. a proceeding or action.
to put out; deliver for use, sale, etc.; put into circulation.
to mint, print, or publish for sale or distribution: to issue a new coin;to issue a reprint of a book.
to give or grant officially to a particular person or group: The United States is the first country to issue a patent for an animal developed using biological techniques.
to distribute (food, clothing, equipment, etc.) to members of the military, employees, students, etc.
to go, pass, or flow out; come forth; emerge: to issue forth to battle.
to be sent, put forth, or distributed authoritatively or publicly, as a legal writ or money.
to be published, as a book.
to originate or proceed from any source.
to arise as a result or consequence; result: a reaction that issues from the stimulus.
Chiefly Law. to proceed as offspring, or be born or descended.
Chiefly Law. to come as a yield or profit, as from land.
Archaic. to have the specified outcome, result, etc. (often followed by in).
Obsolete. to end; terminate.
Idioms about issue
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.
- is·sue·less, adjective
- is·su·er, noun
- out·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·su·ing, adjective
- un·der·is·sue, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023
How to use issue in a sentence
He was more explicit about this disparagement during an event in Pennsylvania earlier this year, when he charged that Biden “has got some big issues” because the former vice president is so often seen wearing a mask.In 160 words, Trump reveals how little he cares about the pandemic | Philip Bump | September 17, 2020 | Washington Post
They want to pass good legislation, because it’s not just a political-messaging issue.Why House Democrats have good reason to be anxious about no coronavirus relief deal | Amber Phillips | September 17, 2020 | Washington Post
Among them, 61 percent said voter fraud is a major problem with voting by mail, with only 1 percent saying it’s not an issue at all.Trump contradicts CDC director on vaccine; Biden says Americans shouldn’t trust Trump | Colby Itkowitz, Felicia Sonmez, John Wagner | September 16, 2020 | Washington Post
If you run into any issues at the polls during early voting or on Election Day, ask a poll worker for help.ProPublica’s Pandemic Guide to Making Sure Your Vote Counts | by Susie Armitage | September 16, 2020 | ProPublica
This tactic is now becoming more overt, and it is spreading to other issues.Trump’s increasingly overt effort to pretend Biden is actually president | Aaron Blake | September 16, 2020 | Washington Post
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.
The most recent issue contains detailed instructions for building car bombs, and the magazine frequently draws up hit-lists.U.S. Spies See Al Qaeda Fingerprints on Paris Massacre | Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
“They are hypocritical on this very issue,” Shearer said about Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and other public officials.
In this cockamamie get-rich scheme, would they all issue an apology if he cut a check?
The place was well defended by earthworks and natural parapets, and for several hours the issue of the contest was doubtful.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
In one sense, then, the new issue has adequate expansibility for ordinary needs.Readings in Money and Banking | Chester Arthur Phillips
Accordingly, the question "How far does the note issue under the new system seem likely to prove an elastic one?"Readings in Money and Banking | Chester Arthur Phillips
From that region they issue to inflict diseases, especially blindness and deafness.Solomon and Solomonic Literature | Moncure Daniel Conway
That—and no existing institution and no current issue—is the primary concern of the present age.The Salvaging Of Civilisation | H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
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
a suppurating sore
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
the system for recording current loans
the number of books loaned in a specified period
obsolete an act, deed, or proceeding
force the issue to compel decision on some matter
to join in controversy
to submit an issue for adjudication
take issue to disagree
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
to give out or allocate (equipment, a certificate, etc) officially to someone
(foll by with) to supply officially (with)
- issueless, adjective
- issuer, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with issue
see at issue; take issue with.
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.