- 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.
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Contemporary Examples of issues
If we want to prevent others from your fate, we need to stop being so passive on these issues.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen
January 1, 2015
All other issues—racial, feminine, even environmental—need to fit around this central objective.Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats
December 21, 2014
There have been changes in our society on issues of sexual and gender justice.Do LGBTs Owe Christians an Olive Branch? Try The Other Way Around
December 14, 2014
If Congress struggles to keep the lights on, how could it deal with issues as complex as police brutality?Sharpton Recalls Civil Rights Struggle in DC March Against Police Violence
December 13, 2014
Myers said in his statement that some of the issues may have come from an impersonator who claimed to be Shadman.Special Forces’ $77M ‘Hustler’ Hits Back
December 8, 2014
Historical Examples of issues
When Governor Hobby of Texas issues a call for the state cavalry.Pipefuls
Issues of a social import as great as a raid against dancing have been raised ere now.The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Volume 8
The reader will have observed that the issues raised were not only numerous, but full of difficulty.Handbook of Home Rule (1887)
W. E. Gladstone et al.
He passes the day amid gloomy damps and silence, and only issues out for food a short time at sunrise and sunset.Wanderings in South America
It was natural for Dan to mount a storebox on the street or anywhere and address a crowd on the issues of the day.Birth of a Reformation
- 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.