Definition of issue in US English:

issue

noun

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

    ‘the issue of global warming’
    ‘money is not an issue’
    • ‘The present research was designed to explore substantive issues relating to levels of burnout among New Zealand primary school teachers.’
    • ‘Will reputation networks solve all the safety issues relating to online dating?’
    • ‘And scientific progress is a force that's apt to create, rather than solve, thorny ethical issues.’
    • ‘They handle very sensitive issues dealing with national security.’
    • ‘Members have a right to debate these contentious issues thoroughly.’
    • ‘What do you think are the most important issues in this campaign?’
    • ‘Let's talk about some other sensitive issues on your agenda.’
    • ‘The issues which arise are issues of principle; they turn on no contested facts.’
    • ‘We will now have to consider critical issues affecting the attitudes and temperament of our young boys.’
    • ‘I also wonder: would there be privacy issues associated with public perusal of the tapes?’
    • ‘Money was definitely the issue in this case.’
    • ‘On other key policy issues, opinions were less divided.’
    • ‘For at its heart this election has highlighted the thorny, divisive issue of what that flag stands for.’
    • ‘The news seems to be dominated by issues of race this morning.’
    • ‘Resolving the abduction issue is an urgent matter.’
    • ‘Learn the key environmental issues facing this premier tourist destination from local guides and activists.’
    • ‘Deploying isolated tactical security products will not solve the complex security issues facing tomorrow's Internet community.’
    • ‘No amount of appeals to the government for education reforms will resolve the fundamental issues at stake.’
    • ‘The others each brought some insight about this critical issue from their own perspectives and from their own specialist areas.’
    • ‘If you were a Georgetown student, would you feel free to debate controversial issues related to sexual orientation?’
    • ‘By night he's a singer and stand-up comic who uses bad language and tackles controversial social issues.’
    matter, matter in question, affair, business, subject, topic, question, point, point at issue, item, thing, case, concern, theme
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    1. 1.1 Personal problems or difficulties.
      ‘a nice guy with a great sense of humor and not too many issues’
      • ‘A lot can be said about this, but Government is only looking at financial matters and not so much at the personal issues.’
      • ‘She's standing very close to me, but for some reason the personal space issues are out of the window.’
      • ‘Uncertainty about my career and other personal issues meant instead of settling down like a normal person, I was going out a lot.’
      • ‘When we engage with our issues only as personal problems we come to blame ourselves for our troubles.’
      • ‘Everybody there had issues from child abandonment to drug abuse, but I got used to it and just stayed to myself.’
      • ‘I just wish I knew where to draw the line when it comes to my own personal issues.’
      • ‘But there are also a lot of very genuinely difficult issues to work through.’
      • ‘She loved the bratty little boy that grew up into a bratty man with his share of drug issues.’
      • ‘So now maybe the personal issues at the center of the dramatic case might be examined.’
      • ‘I thought it was just me - I am oversensitive to personal space issues.’
      • ‘This may be true on personal issues but I think with regard to military interventions this is not fair.’
      • ‘Parent and child - this type of couple often has shared issues with dependency and trust.’
      • ‘In relationships they may be confronted with their unresolved personal issues.’
      • ‘Patients with personality disorder issues may be most difficult of all to assess.’
      • ‘The point is that many live to regret addressing specific personal issues in song.’
      • ‘Therefore, students can come see him about almost anything, even personal issues if they so desire.’
      • ‘Those were the days of immense depression and high stress personal 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.’
      issuing, issuance, publication, publishing
      problem, difficulty, complication, difficult situation, snag, predicament, plight, hitch, catch, drawback, pitfall, handicap, impediment, hindrance, obstacle, hurdle, stumbling block, obstruction, barrier
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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’
      problem, difficulty, complication, difficult situation, snag, predicament, plight, hitch, catch, drawback, pitfall, handicap, impediment, hindrance, obstacle, hurdle, stumbling block, obstruction, barrier
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  • 2The action of supplying or distributing an item for use, sale, or official purposes.

    ‘the issue of promissory notes by the bank’
    • ‘However, plans for the unit sales and bond issue remain at an early stage, he added.’
    • ‘The two most important clauses for the purposes of the preliminary issue were clauses 4 and 13.’
    • ‘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 Legislature had in mind such transactions as the transfer and sale and issue of securities.’
    • ‘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 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. 2.1 A number or set of items distributed at one time.
      ‘a share issue has been launched’
      • ‘We seem to be inundated with new share issues at the moment.’
      • ‘Fans want to know where the money went from three separate share issues, and why Milne is so keen to move out of Pittodrie.’
      • ‘Fewer than half of the new share issues scheduled for this year were completed.’
      • ‘In question is whether an issue of shares constitutes a supply for VAT purposes.’
      • ‘Launched in Delhi on Thursday, the new issues will not be an exact replica of the English version.’
      • ‘The deal comes after a share issue last August failed to attract the necessary investment.’
      • ‘The Seychelles Government was not amused and cancelled the complete note issue.’
      • ‘However, this morning it was announced that this is to be repaid by an issue of new shares at 48p.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some of the modern ones appreciate in value, but it is often difficult to sell modern issues for a quick profit.’
      • ‘One way to get companies to cut back on share issues is to make them pay for them.’
      • ‘It did not say when the new pricing rules would be unveiled but share issues already approved would not be affected.’
      • ‘Although it intends to distribute corporate new issues eventually, it has not yet done so.’
      • ‘This usually involved share or bond issues which were traded on the stock markets.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 2.2 Each of a regular series of publications.
      ‘the December issue of the magazine’
      • ‘The full list of winners is published on our sports pages in this week's issue.’
      • ‘New insights on this key issue have been provided by three articles published in this issue.’
      • ‘Montague published his findings in the October 2004 issue of Neuron, and a cottage industry was born.’
      • ‘This thing is supposed to be done and published in the April 30th issue of the Citizen.’
      • ‘Based on the Japan Times news item reprinted in this issue, it appears as if he's game.’
      • ‘This paper was an earlier version of the article of the same title which appears in this issue.’
      • ‘See update on the team's progress in the Aghamore notes in this week's issue.’
      • ‘As this issue of Imprint is distributed, it is the last day of classes for the winter 2004 term.’
      • ‘The research appears in this week's issue of the Journal of Biochemistry.’
      • ‘One of the editorial board told Socialist Worker that it is on course for 9,000 sales of its latest issue.’
      • ‘A full report on the launch of the festival will be published in next week's issue.’
      • ‘The President of the SPCA did so at once, but to date that response has not appeared in any issue.’
      • ‘Currently, we are working on an alliance with a major publisher to produce and distribute each issue as a book.’
      • ‘Due to computer problems the local notes were not included in last week's issue of the Western People.’
      • ‘Sports Illustrated will publish its world-famous swimsuit issue next month.’
      • ‘The findings are being published in this week's issue of the journal Nature.’
      • ‘In next month's issue of Vogue magazine Parker claims that she may move to Ireland permanently with her husband.’
      • ‘The interview is published in the next issue of Vanity Fair, on sale from December 3.’
      • ‘The downside is that sometimes you end up publishing a very thin issue as was the case February.’
      • ‘In the April 6 issue there appears an article under the byline of staffer Handrie Basson.’
      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.

    ‘the point of issue’
    ‘an issue of blood’
    • ‘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 Children of one's own.

    ‘he 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)

    ‘licenses were issued indiscriminately to any company’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A medical certificate was duly issued on April 4th, 1883 saying that Thomas Higgins was first-class insurance material.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The lawsuit has been issued on behalf of some of these students.’
    • ‘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 banknote was never issued for circulation, and the banknote in the auction was probably unique.’
    • ‘The judge then issued a bench warrant for her arrest.’
    • ‘Following the procedure, the court immediately issued the warrant, Lina said.’
    • ‘During the past two centuries, 13 Scottish banks have issued notes for circulation in this country.’
    • ‘A recall notice has been issued which should be of interest to those Americans who purchase their drugs in Canada.’
    • ‘Lancashire Royal British Legion received a supply of the badges and was told to issue them to all those who were eligible.’
    • ‘The leaflets were issued on 22 May, to be returned by 5 June.’
    • ‘Both detention and compulsory questioning need to be authorised by a warrant issued by a prescribed authority.’
    • ‘A warrant was issued for his arrest, and he fled to Switzerland.’
    • ‘Any chance of you ever issuing the script for sale?’
    • ‘The Dublin district courts have refused to issue summonses which don't have a euro stamp.’
    • ‘And they could face jail if they refuse to co-operate with parenting orders issued by courts in Stockport.’
    • ‘The transaction is expected to close within ten days, subject to the terms of the sale order issued by the bankruptcy court.’
    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).
      • ‘On receipt of this completed application you will be issued with an ID card.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This witness testified that she was issued with only one book of Presidential ballot papers.’
      • ‘As a result, she was issued with two fixed penalty tickets totalling £120.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘On this particular Saturday, upon arrival we were issued with 12 parking vouchers.’
      • ‘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 you join the Book Club you will be issued with a membership card and points will be awarded for various types of titles read.’
      • ‘When we were issued with our badges I can assure you that they had a Lancastrian bias.’
      • ‘When checking into the hotel we were issued with a pass.’
      • ‘The police force will have provided him with safety training, issued him with all the safety equipment that they can.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, I will ensure that you are issued with a press flash if anything major happens.’
      • ‘Everyone is issued with a photo ID card for getting on and off ship.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Once registered, you will be issued with your own unique five digit number, which remains your number for as long as you keep playing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At Kingston Crown Court, Judge William Thomas issued Carty with an antisocial behaviour order to stop him cold-calling on victims in the future.’
      • ‘Visitors are required to complete long questionnaires before being issued with an identity card.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, we had been issued with menu cards to make our selection for dinner.’
    2. 1.2 Formally send out or make known.
      ‘the minister issued a statement’
      • ‘One of the important decrees issued by this council under the Pope's direction referred to Papal elections.’
      • ‘The company recently issued a statement suspending the rights of some shareholders to sell their stock for cash.’
      • ‘The work group is to prepare this regulation, which is to be approved and issued by the minister of justice.’
      • ‘Lee said it is unclear whether a joint document will be issued after the meeting.’
      • ‘The Australian government recently issued a warning about a possible new terrorist outrage in Indonesia.’
      • ‘The town council and North Wiltshire District Council are not issuing any statements.’
      • ‘On 12 February 1912 an edict of abdication was issued on behalf of the child Emperor.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Tauranga police today issued a tongue-in-cheek statement saying a robbery had taken place.’
      • ‘The government also issued a formal apology for the injustice that was done.’
      • ‘Police yesterday issued a stern warning that no intimidation of workers would be tolerated at the plant today.’
      • ‘The Monaghan investigation report was subsequently issued on July 7 while the Dublin report was finished on August 9.’
      • ‘A new bill, issued by the Minister of Trade and Commerce, is not going to make it any easier.’
      • ‘A press release recording the termination of the management agreement was issued on 18th May.’
      • ‘Hospital bosses today issued an unreserved apology to Ms Smith.’
      • ‘The real question is why any minister would need to issue such an order.’
      • ‘An application was issued on 21 July by Mr. Medcalf to strike out that account.’
      • ‘The government has also issued a statement calling on the public to " revolt against the striking trade unions".’
      • ‘Police today issued a safety warning after reports of increased car engine " transplanting".’
      send out, put out
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    3. 1.3 Put (something) on sale or into general use.
      ‘Christmas stamps to be issued in November’
  • 2issue fromno object Come, go, or flow out from.

    ‘exotic smells issued from a nearby building’
    • ‘Less sensible platitudes are currently issuing from the mouths of our leaders.’
    • ‘Eroding sand, gravel and clay, with occasional springs issuing from them, present an unstable habitat for a few plants.’
    • ‘He fought hard to keep his lunch down as the smell issuing from the creature infiltrated his nostrils.’
    • ‘All products issuing from established publishers are not gold.’
    • ‘Instead, like the earlier temple buildings, new additions were positioned to relate to the springs and the flow of the water issuing from them.’
    • ‘Spring Wood does not take its name from the season but from the many springs which issue from the highlands above the wood.’
    • ‘Such sentiments have been made explicit in numerous statements and articles issuing from Iraqi Shia media sources.’
    • ‘Two fire engines, from Marlborough and Pewsey, were called after smoke was seen issuing from the building.’
    • ‘On the sides, long-eared creatures utter foliage from their mouths, and more stems issue from two heads at the rear.’
    • ‘Closing her eyes, she released a shudder as images flowed through her mind like words would be issued from her lips.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One moment I was peacefully watching TV and the next was assailed by a high volume string of expletives issuing from the kitchen.’
    • ‘There'll be no white smoke issuing from the chimney, no papal politics, no dressing up in natty crimson robes.’
    • ‘Almost at once, the smell of plant life issued from the room ducts as fresh air from the outside began to vent throughout ship.’
    • ‘The noise issuing from these beasts was not unlike most people's idea of what hell must sound like.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This personal capacity surely comes from insatiable love for mankind, issuing from total trust in God.’
    • ‘We will see a process whereby any lie issuing from any of them is amplified by the others, creating a multiplier effect.’
    • ‘His voice is a reedy hush, like a jet of water issuing from a punctured pipe.’
    • ‘The text may also be viewed as a legal instruction, issuing from God, requiring a particular and mandatory punishment for murder.’
    • ‘In recent years a flow of cookbooks numbering in the thousands has steadily issued from American publishing houses.’
    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 question at issue, then, is whether the judicial function has any role to fulfill in evaluating the process.’
      • ‘Also at issue are the lack of adequate fire escapes and fire separation in the crawl space.’
      • ‘Never exclude anyone from voicing a perspective on the question at issue.’
      • ‘What is also at issue is the service being provided in supplying the morning-after pill in the first place.’
      • ‘Less clearly stated but equally at issue is the right to set the level of profit.’
      • ‘Indeed, beyond the conventional list of individual human rights something new was at issue.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      in question, in dispute
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  • make an issue of

    • Treat too seriously or as a problem.

      • ‘No point in making an issue of it and unleashing their goons on the media and on individuals who point fingers at them.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I would have liked to have done better after all that work but am telling myself not to make an issue of it.’
      • ‘If somebody makes an issue of their sex lives, then it becomes an open topic.’
      • ‘The only people who are making an issue of this are the media.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Still, neither candidate made an issue of either the law or Flanagan's sexual orientation, and Jeffords retained the backing of gay rights groups.’
      • ‘He'd be as mad as those making an issue of this inherently safe transport.’
  • take issue with

    • Disagree with; challenge.

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

/ˈiSHo͞o//ˈɪʃu/