Definition of issue in English:

issue

noun

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

    ‘the issue of global warming’
    ‘money is not an issue’
    • ‘Learn the key environmental issues facing this premier tourist destination from local guides and activists.’
    • ‘The present research was designed to explore substantive issues relating to levels of burnout among New Zealand primary school teachers.’
    • ‘Members have a right to debate these contentious issues thoroughly.’
    • ‘If you were a Georgetown student, would you feel free to debate controversial issues related to sexual orientation?’
    • ‘Money was definitely the issue in this case.’
    • ‘The news seems to be dominated by issues of race this morning.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Resolving the abduction issue is an urgent matter.’
    • ‘Deploying isolated tactical security products will not solve the complex security issues facing tomorrow's Internet community.’
    • ‘They handle very sensitive issues dealing with national security.’
    • ‘By night he's a singer and stand-up comic who uses bad language and tackles controversial social issues.’
    • ‘The others each brought some insight about this critical issue from their own perspectives and from their own specialist areas.’
    • ‘Let's talk about some other sensitive issues on your agenda.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For at its heart this election has highlighted the thorny, divisive issue of what that flag stands for.’
    • ‘What do you think are the most important issues in this campaign?’
    • ‘I also wonder: would there be privacy issues associated with public perusal of the tapes?’
    • ‘On other key policy issues, opinions were less divided.’
    • ‘No amount of appeals to the government for education reforms will resolve the fundamental issues at stake.’
    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’
      • ‘Therefore, students can come see him about almost anything, even personal issues if they so desire.’
      • ‘I just wish I knew where to draw the line when it comes to my own personal issues.’
      • ‘When we engage with our issues only as personal problems we come to blame ourselves for our troubles.’
      • ‘In relationships they may be confronted with their unresolved personal issues.’
      • ‘Uncertainty about my career and other personal issues meant instead of settling down like a normal person, I was going out a lot.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But there are also a lot of very genuinely difficult issues to work through.’
      • ‘A lot can be said about this, but Government is only looking at financial matters and not so much at the personal issues.’
      • ‘Parent and child - this type of couple often has shared issues with dependency and trust.’
      • ‘This may be true on personal issues but I think with regard to military interventions this is not fair.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We are told in some of the cases, these men were involved in personal family issues.’
      • ‘Patients with personality disorder issues may be most difficult of all to assess.’
      • ‘Everybody there had issues from child abandonment to drug abuse, but I got used to it and just stayed to myself.’
      • ‘The point is that many live to regret addressing specific personal issues in song.’
      • ‘Those were the days of immense depression and high stress personal issues.’
      • ‘She's standing very close to me, but for some reason the personal space issues are out of the window.’
      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’
  • 2The action of supplying or distributing an item for use, sale, or official purposes.

    ‘the issue of promissory notes by the bank’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, plans for the unit sales and bond issue remain at an early stage, he added.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Several tours and issues have come since, with distribution going right across the country.’
    • ‘Later, consideration will be given to making it part of the initial free issue of uniform made to new entrants.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Seychelles Government was not amused and cancelled the complete note issue.’
      • ‘We seem to be inundated with new share issues at the moment.’
      • ‘One way to get companies to cut back on share issues is to make them pay for them.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This usually involved share or bond issues which were traded on the stock markets.’
      • ‘The deal comes after a share issue last August failed to attract the necessary investment.’
      • ‘In question is whether an issue of shares constitutes a supply for VAT purposes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However, this morning it was announced that this is to be repaid by an issue of new shares at 48p.’
      • ‘Fewer than half of the new share issues scheduled for this year were completed.’
      • ‘Some of the modern ones appreciate in value, but it is often difficult to sell modern issues for a quick profit.’
      • ‘To qualify for the tax relief you must buy new issues of VCT shares and hold them 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.’
      • ‘Launched in Delhi on Thursday, the new issues will not be an exact replica of the English version.’
    2. 2.2 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.’
      • ‘New insights on this key issue have been provided by three articles published in this issue.’
      • ‘The interview is published in the next issue of Vanity Fair, on sale from December 3.’
      • ‘This paper was an earlier version of the article of the same title which appears in this issue.’
      • ‘One of the editorial board told Socialist Worker that it is on course for 9,000 sales of its latest issue.’
      • ‘In next month's issue of Vogue magazine Parker claims that she may move to Ireland permanently with her husband.’
      • ‘Based on the Japan Times news item reprinted in this issue, it appears as if he's game.’
      • ‘The findings are being published in this week's issue of the journal Nature.’
      • ‘Due to computer problems the local notes were not included in last week's issue of the Western People.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the April 6 issue there appears an article under the byline of staffer Handrie Basson.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The downside is that sometimes you end up publishing a very thin issue as was the case February.’
      • ‘The research appears in this week's issue of the Journal of Biochemistry.’
      • ‘This thing is supposed to be done and published in the April 30th issue of the Citizen.’
      • ‘See update on the team's progress in the Aghamore notes in this week's issue.’
      • ‘The full list of winners is published on our sports pages in this week's issue.’
      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’
    • ‘Following the procedure, the court immediately issued the warrant, Lina said.’
    • ‘A recall notice has been issued which should be of interest to those Americans who purchase their drugs in Canada.’
    • ‘The banknote was never issued for circulation, and the banknote in the auction was probably unique.’
    • ‘A marriage certificate was also issued by the temple authorities.’
    • ‘The lawsuit has been issued on behalf of some of these students.’
    • ‘Both detention and compulsory questioning need to be authorised by a warrant issued by a prescribed authority.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A medical certificate was duly issued on April 4th, 1883 saying that Thomas Higgins was first-class insurance material.’
    • ‘So keep the place supplied with the essentials or issue a printed warning to bring your own.’
    • ‘Any chance of you ever issuing the script for sale?’
    • ‘During the past two centuries, 13 Scottish banks have issued notes for circulation in this country.’
    • ‘The inquest was told that leaflets and documents are published for parents, issuing warnings on cot deaths.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Lancashire Royal British Legion received a supply of the badges and was told to issue them to all those who were eligible.’
    • ‘They make money cashing the checks they issue at the end of each shift.’
    • ‘A warrant was issued for his arrest, and he fled to Switzerland.’
    • ‘And they could face jail if they refuse to co-operate with parenting orders issued by courts in Stockport.’
    • ‘The judge then issued a bench warrant for her arrest.’
    • ‘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)
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At Kingston Crown Court, Judge William Thomas issued Carty with an antisocial behaviour order to stop him cold-calling on victims in the future.’
      • ‘But he instead used the cards to get the Shanghai Branch of the Industrial and Commercial Bank to issue him with 87 credit cards.’
      • ‘This witness testified that she was issued with only one book of Presidential ballot papers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Everyone is issued with a photo ID card for getting on and off ship.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘On receipt of this completed application you will be issued with an ID card.’
      • ‘As a result, she was issued with two fixed penalty tickets totalling £120.’
      • ‘Once registered, you will be issued with your own unique five digit number, which remains your number for as long as you keep playing.’
      • ‘Visitors are required to complete long questionnaires before being issued with an identity card.’
      • ‘When checking into the hotel we were issued with a pass.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, we had been issued with menu cards to make our selection for dinner.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘On this particular Saturday, upon arrival we were issued with 12 parking vouchers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When we were issued with our badges I can assure you that they had a Lancastrian bias.’
    2. 1.2 Formally send out or make known.
      ‘the minister issued a statement’
      • ‘Hospital bosses today issued an unreserved apology to Ms Smith.’
      • ‘The government also issued a formal apology for the injustice that was done.’
      • ‘One of the important decrees issued by this council under the Pope's direction referred to Papal elections.’
      • ‘The headquarters yesterday issued a press release to confirm that the freeway was indeed a part of the exercises.’
      • ‘The Australian government recently issued a warning about a possible new terrorist outrage in Indonesia.’
      • ‘On 12 February 1912 an edict of abdication was issued on behalf of the child Emperor.’
      • ‘The real question is why any minister would need to issue such an order.’
      • ‘Police today issued a safety warning after reports of increased car engine " transplanting".’
      • ‘I want the Prime Minister to issue a very reconciliatory statement at his next rally.’
      • ‘A new bill, issued by the Minister of Trade and Commerce, is not going to make it any easier.’
      • ‘Tauranga police today issued a tongue-in-cheek statement saying a robbery had taken place.’
      • ‘The Monaghan investigation report was subsequently issued on July 7 while the Dublin report was finished on August 9.’
      • ‘The government has also issued a statement calling on the public to " revolt against the striking trade unions".’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A press release recording the termination of the management agreement was issued on 18th May.’
      • ‘An application was issued on 21 July by Mr. Medcalf to strike out that account.’
      • ‘Lee said it is unclear whether a joint document will be issued after the meeting.’
      • ‘The company recently issued a statement suspending the rights of some shareholders to sell their stock for cash.’
      • ‘Police yesterday issued a stern warning that no intimidation of workers would be tolerated at the plant today.’
      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’
    • ‘Almost at once, the smell of plant life issued from the room ducts as fresh air from the outside began to vent throughout ship.’
    • ‘In recent years a flow of cookbooks numbering in the thousands has steadily issued from American publishing houses.’
    • ‘The noise issuing from these beasts was not unlike most people's idea of what hell must sound like.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There'll be no white smoke issuing from the chimney, no papal politics, no dressing up in natty crimson robes.’
    • ‘One moment I was peacefully watching TV and the next was assailed by a high volume string of expletives issuing from the kitchen.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Two fire engines, from Marlborough and Pewsey, were called after smoke was seen issuing from the building.’
    • ‘We will see a process whereby any lie issuing from any of them is amplified by the others, creating a multiplier effect.’
    • ‘The text may also be viewed as a legal instruction, issuing from God, requiring a particular and mandatory punishment for murder.’
    • ‘Such sentiments have been made explicit in numerous statements and articles issuing from Iraqi Shia media sources.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Spring Wood does not take its name from the season but from the many springs which issue from the highlands above the wood.’
    • ‘He fought hard to keep his lunch down as the smell issuing from the creature infiltrated his nostrils.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His voice is a reedy hush, like a jet of water issuing from a punctured pipe.’
    • ‘Less sensible platitudes are currently issuing from the mouths of our leaders.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.

      • ‘Mr Coffey later said if the material at issue was discussed it could imperil a future trial.’
      • ‘But this comparative element is too close to the question at issue: whether inequality is bad.’
      • ‘Less clearly stated but equally at issue is the right to set the level of profit.’
      • ‘Also at issue are the lack of adequate fire escapes and fire separation in the crawl space.’
      • ‘What is also at issue is the service being provided in supplying the morning-after pill in the first place.’
      • ‘Never exclude anyone from voicing a perspective on the question at issue.’
      • ‘The real question at issue was the pace at which gradual democratization should proceed.’
      • ‘The question at issue, then, is whether the judicial function has any role to fulfill in evaluating the process.’
      • ‘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.’
      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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘No point in making an issue of it and unleashing their goons on the media and on individuals who point fingers at them.’
      • ‘The only people who are making an issue of this are the media.’
  • take issue with

    • Disagree with; challenge.

      ‘she takes issue with the notion of crime as unique to contemporary society’
      • ‘So, we can take issue with that, we could debate that, but that's kind of irrelevant right now.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is always worrying when people disagree with you by taking issue with an argument you never proposed.’
      • ‘What Burrows takes issue with though is not the bans themselves, but bans that are a back-door means of protectionism.’
      • ‘But note that he understood what I was getting at, even though he passionately disagreed, and took issue with my bitchy tone.’
      • ‘So, it's not the contents of the documents that you're taking issue with.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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/