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
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How to use issue in a sentence
This is a civil rights issue that should not have any geographic boundaries.National Ban on School Use of Seclusion and Restraint of Students Introduced in Congress | by Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica and Jennifer Smith Richards, Chicago Tribune | November 19, 2020 | ProPublica
The issue has gained added urgency due to rising tensions between the two countries and following this year’s high-profile accounting scandal at Luckin Coffee Inc.The U.S. is pushing ahead with its threat to delist Chinese companies | Claire Zillman, reporter | November 18, 2020 | Fortune
We always thought it was more about geography, and an issue of sampling rather than weighting.For pollsters, it’s back to the drawing board after yet another miss in the 2020 election | reymashayekhi | November 17, 2020 | Fortune
The debate over AI’s role in law goes into more fundamental issues of justice.
It also suggests that flexibility at work is not just a women’s issue.Zurich added 6 words to job listings and saw women’s share of applications—and hires—jump | Claire Zillman, reporter | November 17, 2020 | Fortune
Generally, the better the rating, the lower the borrowing cost for the issuer.
I hate issuing predictions because they very often embarrass the issuer after the fact.Emmys Drama Race: ‘Mad Men,’ ‘Downton Abbey,’ ‘Breaking Bad,’ and More | Jace Lacob | September 18, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
By the second process, it is made to the advantage of the issuer of the notes to hasten their withdrawal himself.Readings in Money and Banking | Chester Arthur Phillips
It can be viewed now only in the light of its present usefulness, and as an issuer of money it is of no use whatever.Honest Money | Arthur Isaac Fonda
The return of the notes to the issuer seems not to be impeded by the inconvenience or expensiveness of the process.Readings in Money and Banking | Chester Arthur Phillips
Paper money differs from bank-notes in that it does not depend for its redemption on the credit of the issuer.The Principles of Economics | Frank A. Fetter
Its worth in exchange, dependent on public opinion of the stability and honesty of the issuer.The Crown of Wild Olive | John Ruskin
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
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Other Idioms and Phrases with issue
see at issue; take issue with.
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