Definition of issue in English:

issue

Pronunciation /ˈɪsjuː//ˈɪʃuː/

noun

  • 1An important topic or problem for debate or discussion.

    ‘the issue of racism’
    ‘raising awareness of environmental issues’
    • ‘Money was definitely the issue in this case.’
    • ‘On other key policy issues, opinions were less divided.’
    • ‘Let's talk about some other sensitive issues on your agenda.’
    • ‘The present research was designed to explore substantive issues relating to levels of burnout among New Zealand primary school teachers.’
    • ‘I also wonder: would there be privacy issues associated with public perusal of the tapes?’
    • ‘If you were a Georgetown student, would you feel free to debate controversial issues related to sexual orientation?’
    • ‘Resolving the abduction issue is an urgent matter.’
    • ‘The news seems to be dominated by issues of race this morning.’
    • ‘By night he's a singer and stand-up comic who uses bad language and tackles controversial social issues.’
    • ‘Deploying isolated tactical security products will not solve the complex security issues facing tomorrow's Internet community.’
    • ‘For at its heart this election has highlighted the thorny, divisive issue of what that flag stands for.’
    • ‘They handle very sensitive issues dealing with national security.’
    • ‘No amount of appeals to the government for education reforms will resolve the fundamental issues at stake.’
    • ‘The issues which arise are issues of principle; they turn on no contested facts.’
    • ‘And scientific progress is a force that's apt to create, rather than solve, thorny ethical issues.’
    • ‘Will reputation networks solve all the safety issues relating to online dating?’
    • ‘The others each brought some insight about this critical issue from their own perspectives and from their own specialist areas.’
    • ‘We will now have to consider critical issues affecting the attitudes and temperament of our young boys.’
    • ‘Learn the key environmental issues facing this premier tourist destination from local guides and activists.’
    • ‘What do you think are the most important issues in this campaign?’
    • ‘Members have a right to debate these contentious issues thoroughly.’
    matter, matter in question, affair, business, subject, topic, question, point, point at issue, item, thing, case, concern, theme
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    1. 1.1issues Personal problems or difficulties.
      ‘emotions and intimacy issues that were largely dealt with through alcohol’
      ‘I like him, though I have some issues with the guy’
      • ‘She loved the bratty little boy that grew up into a bratty man with his share of drug issues.’
      • ‘You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers or therapists.’
      • ‘We are told in some of the cases, these men were involved in personal family issues.’
      • ‘I just wish I knew where to draw the line when it comes to my own personal issues.’
      • ‘She's standing very close to me, but for some reason the personal space issues are out of the window.’
      • ‘Patients with personality disorder issues may be most difficult of all to assess.’
      • ‘In relationships they may be confronted with their unresolved personal issues.’
      • ‘When we engage with our issues only as personal problems we come to blame ourselves for our troubles.’
      • ‘So now maybe the personal issues at the center of the dramatic case might be examined.’
      • ‘Therefore, students can come see him about almost anything, even personal issues if they so desire.’
      • ‘But there are also a lot of very genuinely difficult issues to work through.’
      • ‘I thought it was just me - I am oversensitive to personal space issues.’
      • ‘The point is that many live to regret addressing specific personal issues in song.’
      • ‘This may be true on personal issues but I think with regard to military interventions this is not fair.’
      • ‘Those were the days of immense depression and high stress personal issues.’
      • ‘Parent and child - this type of couple often has shared issues with dependency and trust.’
      • ‘Uncertainty about my career and other personal issues meant instead of settling down like a normal person, I was going out a lot.’
      • ‘A lot can be said about this, but Government is only looking at financial matters and not so much at the personal issues.’
      • ‘Everybody there had issues from child abandonment to drug abuse, but I got used to it and just stayed to myself.’
      issuing, issuance, publication, publishing
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    2. 1.2issues Problems or difficulties, especially with a service or facility.
      ‘a small number of users are experiencing connectivity issues’
  • 2mass noun The action of supplying or distributing an item for use, sale, or official purposes.

    ‘the issue of notes by the Bank of England’
    • ‘The two most important clauses for the purposes of the preliminary issue were clauses 4 and 13.’
    • ‘The officials hoped that this would pave the way for issue of licence by the end of the month.’
    • ‘Several tours and issues have come since, with distribution going right across the country.’
    • ‘The Legislature had in mind such transactions as the transfer and sale and issue of securities.’
    • ‘However, plans for the unit sales and bond issue remain at an early stage, he added.’
    • ‘Later, consideration will be given to making it part of the initial free issue of uniform made to new entrants.’
    • ‘There was no limit to bank note issue, except the utmost which each bank could keep afloat.’
    • ‘The company is involved in a put option structure which could shortly lead to a major issue of shares in Spain.’
    issuing, issuance, publication, publishing
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    1. 2.1count noun A number or set of items distributed at one time.
      ‘a share issue has been launched’
      • ‘Some of the modern ones appreciate in value, but it is often difficult to sell modern issues for a quick profit.’
      • ‘Launched in Delhi on Thursday, the new issues will not be an exact replica of the English version.’
      • ‘Banks will also be free to price their subsequent issues once their shares are listed on stock exchanges.’
      • ‘The EPO and VEM merger hopes to set itself up as the market leader for share issues over the Net.’
      • ‘We seem to be inundated with new share issues at the moment.’
      • ‘This usually involved share or bond issues which were traded on the stock markets.’
      • ‘One way to get companies to cut back on share issues is to make them pay for them.’
      • ‘Although it intends to distribute corporate new issues eventually, it has not yet done so.’
      • ‘It did not say when the new pricing rules would be unveiled but share issues already approved would not be affected.’
      • ‘The Seychelles Government was not amused and cancelled the complete note issue.’
      • ‘Fewer than half of the new share issues scheduled for this year were completed.’
      • ‘However, this morning it was announced that this is to be repaid by an issue of new shares at 48p.’
      • ‘In question is whether an issue of shares constitutes a supply for VAT purposes.’
      • ‘The deal comes after a share issue last August failed to attract the necessary investment.’
      • ‘To qualify for the tax relief you must buy new issues of VCT shares and hold them for at least three years.’
      • ‘To qualify for the full tax relief, you must invest in a new issue of VCT shares and hold the stock for at least three years.’
      • ‘Fans want to know where the money went from three separate share issues, and why Milne is so keen to move out of Pittodrie.’
    2. 2.2count noun Each of a regular series of publications.
      ‘the December issue of the magazine’
      • ‘Currently, we are working on an alliance with a major publisher to produce and distribute each issue as a book.’
      • ‘Sports Illustrated will publish its world-famous swimsuit issue next month.’
      • ‘Montague published his findings in the October 2004 issue of Neuron, and a cottage industry was born.’
      • ‘The President of the SPCA did so at once, but to date that response has not appeared in any issue.’
      • ‘Due to computer problems the local notes were not included in last week's issue of the Western People.’
      • ‘One of the editorial board told Socialist Worker that it is on course for 9,000 sales of its latest issue.’
      • ‘The findings are being published in this week's issue of the journal Nature.’
      • ‘See update on the team's progress in the Aghamore notes in this week's issue.’
      • ‘Based on the Japan Times news item reprinted in this issue, it appears as if he's game.’
      • ‘The research appears in this week's issue of the Journal of Biochemistry.’
      • ‘This paper was an earlier version of the article of the same title which appears in this issue.’
      • ‘The full list of winners is published on our sports pages in this week's issue.’
      • ‘In the April 6 issue there appears an article under the byline of staffer Handrie Basson.’
      • ‘A full report on the launch of the festival will be published in next week's issue.’
      • ‘As this issue of Imprint is distributed, it is the last day of classes for the winter 2004 term.’
      • ‘The downside is that sometimes you end up publishing a very thin issue as was the case February.’
      • ‘The interview is published in the next issue of Vanity Fair, on sale from December 3.’
      • ‘New insights on this key issue have been provided by three articles published in this issue.’
      • ‘In next month's issue of Vogue magazine Parker claims that she may move to Ireland permanently with her husband.’
      • ‘This thing is supposed to be done and published in the April 30th issue of the Citizen.’
      edition, number, instalment, copy
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  • 3A result or outcome of something.

    ‘the chance of carrying such a scheme to a successful issue was small’
    • ‘The successful issue of the great battle increased business and made the general attitude still firmer.’
    result, outcome, consequence, end result, net result, upshot, effect, after-effect, aftermath, conclusion, end, denouement
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  • 4The action of flowing or coming out.

    ‘a point of issue’
    • ‘With an issue of blood she was cut off from the worship of God in the formal sense.’
    discharge, emission, release, outflow, outflowing, outpouring, outrush, rush, flood, deluge, spurt, jet, cascade, stream, torrent, gush
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  • 5Law
    formal mass noun Children of one's own.

    ‘the earl died without male issue’
    • ‘Their eldest son, another Tyringham Backwell, had died without male issue in 1748.’
    offspring, descendants, heirs, successors, children, sons or daughters, progeny, scions, family, youngsters, babies
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verb

  • 1with object Supply or distribute (something) for use or sale.

    ‘licences were issued indiscriminately to any company’
    ‘Christmas stamps to be issued in November’
    • ‘Following the procedure, the court immediately issued the warrant, Lina said.’
    • ‘So keep the place supplied with the essentials or issue a printed warning to bring your own.’
    • ‘They make money cashing the checks they issue at the end of each shift.’
    • ‘The leaflets were issued on 22 May, to be returned by 5 June.’
    • ‘The Dublin district courts have refused to issue summonses which don't have a euro stamp.’
    • ‘One of the most notable trends is a persistent drop in cases where no tax documents are issued for the sale of goods or services.’
    • ‘During the past two centuries, 13 Scottish banks have issued notes for circulation in this country.’
    • ‘Any chance of you ever issuing the script for sale?’
    • ‘Both detention and compulsory questioning need to be authorised by a warrant issued by a prescribed authority.’
    • ‘A medical certificate was duly issued on April 4th, 1883 saying that Thomas Higgins was first-class insurance material.’
    • ‘And they could face jail if they refuse to co-operate with parenting orders issued by courts in Stockport.’
    • ‘The lawsuit has been issued on behalf of some of these students.’
    • ‘The banknote was never issued for circulation, and the banknote in the auction was probably unique.’
    • ‘The inquest was told that leaflets and documents are published for parents, issuing warnings on cot deaths.’
    • ‘A marriage certificate was also issued by the temple authorities.’
    • ‘The transaction is expected to close within ten days, subject to the terms of the sale order issued by the bankruptcy court.’
    • ‘The judge then issued a bench warrant for her arrest.’
    • ‘A warrant was issued for his arrest, and he fled to Switzerland.’
    • ‘Lancashire Royal British Legion received a supply of the badges and was told to issue them to all those who were eligible.’
    • ‘A recall notice has been issued which should be of interest to those Americans who purchase their drugs in Canada.’
    supply, provide, furnish, arm, equip, fit out, rig out, kit out, accoutre, outfit, fit up
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    1. 1.1issue someone with Supply someone with (something)
      ‘everyone was issued with a gas mask’
      • ‘When checking into the hotel we were issued with a pass.’
      • ‘But he instead used the cards to get the Shanghai Branch of the Industrial and Commercial Bank to issue him with 87 credit cards.’
      • ‘When we were issued with our badges I can assure you that they had a Lancastrian bias.’
      • ‘Visitors are required to complete long questionnaires before being issued with an identity card.’
      • ‘This witness testified that she was issued with only one book of Presidential ballot papers.’
      • ‘Householders are being threatened with fines if they insist on sticking with bags instead of using the bins they have been issued with as part of the council's recycling drive.’
      • ‘Everyone is issued with a photo ID card for getting on and off ship.’
      • ‘Earlier in the war we read stories of British soldiers being forced to buy their own items such as boots in order to replace the shoddy ones they had been issued with.’
      • ‘As a result, she was issued with two fixed penalty tickets totalling £120.’
      • ‘On this particular Saturday, upon arrival we were issued with 12 parking vouchers.’
      • ‘The Government issued Mr Bigley with an Irish passport in the days before his death, in the hope it might aid efforts to save his life.’
      • ‘Sisalem's chances of building a new life for himself in Australia are restricted by the nature of the visa he has been issued with.’
      • ‘At Kingston Crown Court, Judge William Thomas issued Carty with an antisocial behaviour order to stop him cold-calling on victims in the future.’
      • ‘Once registered, you will be issued with your own unique five digit number, which remains your number for as long as you keep playing.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, I will ensure that you are issued with a press flash if anything major happens.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, we had been issued with menu cards to make our selection for dinner.’
      • ‘Officers have complained to us that the fleece jacket they have been issued with as part of the national uniform has just not kept them warm.’
      • ‘When you join the Book Club you will be issued with a membership card and points will be awarded for various types of titles read.’
      • ‘The police force will have provided him with safety training, issued him with all the safety equipment that they can.’
      • ‘On receipt of this completed application you will be issued with an ID card.’
    2. 1.2 Formally send out or make known.
      ‘the minister issued a statement’
      • ‘Hospital bosses today issued an unreserved apology to Ms Smith.’
      • ‘Lee said it is unclear whether a joint document will be issued after the meeting.’
      • ‘The Monaghan investigation report was subsequently issued on July 7 while the Dublin report was finished on August 9.’
      • ‘A press release recording the termination of the management agreement was issued on 18th May.’
      • ‘On 12 February 1912 an edict of abdication was issued on behalf of the child Emperor.’
      • ‘Tauranga police today issued a tongue-in-cheek statement saying a robbery had taken place.’
      • ‘The Australian government recently issued a warning about a possible new terrorist outrage in Indonesia.’
      • ‘A new bill, issued by the Minister of Trade and Commerce, is not going to make it any easier.’
      • ‘Police yesterday issued a stern warning that no intimidation of workers would be tolerated at the plant today.’
      • ‘The government has also issued a statement calling on the public to " revolt against the striking trade unions".’
      • ‘An application was issued on 21 July by Mr. Medcalf to strike out that account.’
      • ‘I want the Prime Minister to issue a very reconciliatory statement at his next rally.’
      • ‘The headquarters yesterday issued a press release to confirm that the freeway was indeed a part of the exercises.’
      • ‘One of the important decrees issued by this council under the Pope's direction referred to Papal elections.’
      • ‘The town council and North Wiltshire District Council are not issuing any statements.’
      • ‘The work group is to prepare this regulation, which is to be approved and issued by the minister of justice.’
      • ‘The company recently issued a statement suspending the rights of some shareholders to sell their stock for cash.’
      • ‘Police today issued a safety warning after reports of increased car engine " transplanting".’
      • ‘The real question is why any minister would need to issue such an order.’
      • ‘The government also issued a formal apology for the injustice that was done.’
      send out, put out
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  • 2issue fromno object Come, go, or flow out from.

    ‘exotic smells issued from a nearby building’
    • ‘This personal capacity surely comes from insatiable love for mankind, issuing from total trust in God.’
    • ‘Eroding sand, gravel and clay, with occasional springs issuing from them, present an unstable habitat for a few plants.’
    • ‘The noise issuing from these beasts was not unlike most people's idea of what hell must sound like.’
    • ‘He fought hard to keep his lunch down as the smell issuing from the creature infiltrated his nostrils.’
    • ‘If I had been a cartoon character you'd have seen a cloud with a picture of a tub of popcorn issuing from my mouth.’
    • ‘Spring Wood does not take its name from the season but from the many springs which issue from the highlands above the wood.’
    • ‘Two fire engines, from Marlborough and Pewsey, were called after smoke was seen issuing from the building.’
    • ‘The text may also be viewed as a legal instruction, issuing from God, requiring a particular and mandatory punishment for murder.’
    • ‘Closing her eyes, she released a shudder as images flowed through her mind like words would be issued from her lips.’
    • ‘Less sensible platitudes are currently issuing from the mouths of our leaders.’
    • ‘Almost at once, the smell of plant life issued from the room ducts as fresh air from the outside began to vent throughout ship.’
    • ‘Instead, like the earlier temple buildings, new additions were positioned to relate to the springs and the flow of the water issuing from them.’
    • ‘One moment I was peacefully watching TV and the next was assailed by a high volume string of expletives issuing from the kitchen.’
    • ‘True to his promise, the mayor insists on giving me a demonstration, pressing a button so that the captain's recorded voice issues from a speaker.’
    • ‘In recent years a flow of cookbooks numbering in the thousands has steadily issued from American publishing houses.’
    • ‘Such sentiments have been made explicit in numerous statements and articles issuing from Iraqi Shia media sources.’
    • ‘His voice is a reedy hush, like a jet of water issuing from a punctured pipe.’
    • ‘We will see a process whereby any lie issuing from any of them is amplified by the others, creating a multiplier effect.’
    • ‘All products issuing from established publishers are not gold.’
    • ‘On the sides, long-eared creatures utter foliage from their mouths, and more stems issue from two heads at the rear.’
    • ‘There'll be no white smoke issuing from the chimney, no papal politics, no dressing up in natty crimson robes.’
    emanate, emerge, proceed, exude, discharge, flow, flow forth, flow out, pour, pour forth, pour out, gush, gush forth, gush out, come, come forth, come out, seep, seep forth, seep out, ooze, ooze forth, ooze out, spread out
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    1. 2.1 Result or be derived from.
      ‘the struggles of history issue from the divided heart of humanity’
      • ‘There are two sets of results issuing from the research outlined above.’
      result, follow, ensue, develop, stem, spring, arise, start, derive, evolve, proceed, emerge, emanate, flow
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Phrases

  • at issue

    • Under discussion; in dispute.

      ‘the point at issue is quality’
      • ‘Indeed, beyond the conventional list of individual human rights something new was at issue.’
      • ‘The question at issue, then, is whether the judicial function has any role to fulfill in evaluating the process.’
      • ‘Never exclude anyone from voicing a perspective on the question at issue.’
      • ‘Less clearly stated but equally at issue is the right to set the level of profit.’
      • ‘What is also at issue is the service being provided in supplying the morning-after pill in the first place.’
      • ‘But this comparative element is too close to the question at issue: whether inequality is bad.’
      • ‘Mr Coffey later said if the material at issue was discussed it could imperil a future trial.’
      • ‘Also at issue are the lack of adequate fire escapes and fire separation in the crawl space.’
      • ‘What appears to be at issue is whether fostering critical thought is done in a partisan manner.’
      • ‘The real question at issue was the pace at which gradual democratization should proceed.’
      in question, in dispute
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  • make an issue of

    • Treat too seriously or as a problem.

      • ‘Still, neither candidate made an issue of either the law or Flanagan's sexual orientation, and Jeffords retained the backing of gay rights groups.’
      • ‘Well excuse me, Alex, but it's you that seems to be the one making an issue of this.’
      • ‘That's a worry at the back of everyone's mind really, but because they're still employing people there nobody is making an issue of it.’
      • ‘If somebody makes an issue of their sex lives, then it becomes an open topic.’
      • ‘Disbelieving that he was making an issue of it, I handed over the 50 leva note, which he took all over the beach to get change.’
      • ‘No point in making an issue of it and unleashing their goons on the media and on individuals who point fingers at them.’
      • ‘He'd be as mad as those making an issue of this inherently safe transport.’
      • ‘I would have liked to have done better after all that work but am telling myself not to make an issue of it.’
      • ‘The only people who are making an issue of this are the media.’
      • ‘Senator Maurice Cummins said at the time he felt it was a major cause for concern and he would be making an issue of it in the Senate.’
  • take issue with

    • Disagree with; challenge.

      ‘she takes issue with the notion of crime as unique to contemporary society’
      • ‘So, it's not the contents of the documents that you're taking issue with.’
      • ‘So, we can take issue with that, we could debate that, but that's kind of irrelevant right now.’
      • ‘But note that he understood what I was getting at, even though he passionately disagreed, and took issue with my bitchy tone.’
      • ‘What Burrows takes issue with though is not the bans themselves, but bans that are a back-door means of protectionism.’
      • ‘What Frank's taking issue with here is Kerry's sharing a platform with and seeking the support of veterans.’
      • ‘Stephen Smith is also taking issue with what it's going to cost taxpayers to sell the Government's message.’
      • ‘Ellen Willis takes issue with what she sees as our emphasis on small-scale change that does not challenge structural inequality.’
      • ‘Tell us what it was that you heard that you took issue with?’
      • ‘It is always worrying when people disagree with you by taking issue with an argument you never proposed.’
      • ‘But it's not the American military I want to take issue with in this particular instance.’
      disagree, fail to agree, be in dispute, be in contention, be at variance, be at odds, be at loggerheads, not see eye to eye, argue, quarrel
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Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘outflowing’): from Old French, based on Latin exitus, past participle of exire ‘go out’.

Pronunciation

issue

/ˈɪsjuː//ˈɪʃuː/