[ ish-oo or, especially British, is-yoo ]
See synonyms for: issueissuedissuesissuing on

  1. the act of sending out or putting forth; promulgation; distribution: the issue of food and blankets to flood victims.

  2. something that is printed or published and distributed, especially a given number of a periodical: Have you seen the latest issue of the magazine?

  1. something that is sent out or put forth in any form.

  2. 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.

  3. a point in question or a matter that is in dispute, as between contending parties in an action at law.

  4. a point, matter, or dispute, the decision of which is of special or public importance: the political issues.

  5. a point, the decision of which determines a matter: The real issue in the strike was the right to bargain collectively.

  6. a point at which a matter is ready for decision: to bring a case to an issue.

  7. something proceeding from any source, as a product, effect, result, or consequence: His words were the issue of an intelligent man.

  8. 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.

  9. the ultimate result, event, or outcome of a proceeding, affair, etc.: the issue of a contest.

  10. a distribution of food rations, clothing, equipment, or ammunition to a number of officers or enlisted soldiers, or to a military unit.

  11. offspring; progeny: to die without issue.

  12. a going, coming, passing, or flowing out: free issue and entry.

  13. a place or means of egress; outlet or exit.

  14. something that comes out, as an outflowing stream.

  15. Pathology.

    • a discharge of blood, pus, or the like.

    • an incision, ulcer, or the like, emitting such a discharge.

  16. is·sues, English Law. the profits from land or other property.

  17. the printing of copies of a work from the original setting of type with some slight changes: the third issue of the poem.

  18. Obsolete. a proceeding or action.

verb (used with object),is·sued, is·su·ing.
  1. to put out; deliver for use, sale, etc.; put into circulation.

  2. to mint, print, or publish for sale or distribution: to issue a new coin;to issue a reprint of a book.

  1. 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.

  2. to distribute (food, clothing, equipment, etc.) to members of the military, employees, students, etc.

  3. to send out; discharge; emit.

verb (used without object),is·sued, is·su·ing.
  1. to go, pass, or flow out; come forth; emerge: to issue forth to battle.

  2. to be sent, put forth, or distributed authoritatively or publicly, as a legal writ or money.

  1. to be published, as a book.

  2. to originate or proceed from any source.

  3. to arise as a result or consequence; result: a reaction that issues from the stimulus.

  4. Chiefly Law. to proceed as offspring, or be born or descended.

  5. Chiefly Law. to come as a yield or profit, as from land.

  6. Archaic. to have the specified outcome, result, etc. (often followed by in).

  7. Obsolete. to end; terminate.

Idioms about issue

  1. at issue,

    • being disputed or under discussion.

    • being at opposite viewpoints; in disagreement: Medical experts are still at issue over the proper use of tranquilizers.

  2. join issue,

    • to enter into controversy or take exception to.

    • to submit an issue jointly for legal decision.

  1. take issue, to disagree; dispute: He took issue with me on my proposal for a new advertising campaign.

Origin of issue

First recorded in 1275–1325; from Middle English, from Middle French: “place or passage out”; from Old French (e)issue, from unattested Vulgar Latin exūta, noun use of feminine of unattested exūtus, Latin exitus “act or means of going out,” for the noun senses; from Middle English issuen, derivative of the noun, or from Middle French, Old French (e)issu, past participle of issir “to go out” (ultimately derived from Latin exīre ) for the verb senses; see exit1

Other words for issue

Opposites for issue

Other words from issue

  • 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use issue in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for issue


/ (ˈɪʃuː, ˈɪsjuː) /

  1. the act of sending or giving out something; supply; delivery

  2. something issued; an edition of stamps, a magazine, etc

  1. the number of identical items, such as banknotes or shares in a company, that become available at a particular time

  2. the act of emerging; outflow; discharge

  3. something flowing out, such as a river

  4. a place of outflow; outlet

  5. the descendants of a person; offspring; progeny

  6. a topic of interest or discussion

  7. an important subject requiring a decision

  8. an outcome or consequence; result

  9. pathol

    • a suppurating sore

    • discharge from a wound

  10. law the matter remaining in dispute between the parties to an action after the pleadings

  11. the yield from or profits arising out of land or other property

  12. military the allocation of items of government stores, such as food, clothing, and ammunition

  13. library science

    • the system for recording current loans

    • the number of books loaned in a specified period

  14. obsolete an act, deed, or proceeding

  15. at issue

    • under discussion

    • in disagreement

  16. force the issue to compel decision on some matter

  17. join issue

    • to join in controversy

    • to submit an issue for adjudication

  18. take issue to disagree

verb-sues, -suing or -sued
  1. to come forth or emerge or cause to come forth or emerge

  2. to publish or deliver (a newspaper, magazine, etc)

  1. (tr) to make known or announce

  2. (intr) to originate or proceed

  3. (intr) to be a consequence; result

  4. (intr foll by in) to end or terminate

  5. (tr)

    • to give out or allocate (equipment, a certificate, etc) officially to someone

    • (foll by with) to supply officially (with)

Origin of issue

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

Derived forms of issue

  • issueless, adjective
  • issuer, noun

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Other Idioms and Phrases with issue


see at issue; take issue with.

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