Synonyms of issue in English:


See definition of issue


1‘the committee has yet to meet to discuss the issue’


matter, matter in question, affair, business, subject, topic, question, point, point at issue, item, thing, case, concern, theme

proceeding, situation, occasion, circumstance

problem, bone of contention, controversy, argument

2‘there's something of an issue with resupply at the moment’


problem, difficulty, complication, difficult situation, snag, predicament, plight, hitch, catch, drawback, pitfall, handicap, impediment, hindrance, obstacle, hurdle, stumbling block, obstruction, barrier

trouble, worry, mess, muddle, mix-up

catch-22, vexed question, quandary, the rub

informal fly in the ointment, prob, headache, hiccup, dilemma, hassle, pickle, fix, tight spot, how-do-you-do, job, gremlin, facer

British informal spanner in the works

North American informal monkey wrench in the works

dated cumber

literary trammel

3‘the victory was celebrated with the issue of a special stamp’


issuing, issuance, publication, publishing

circulation, distribution, supplying, supply, sending out, delivery


4‘the latest issue of our magazine’


edition, number, instalment, copy

printing, imprint, impression, version, publication

5‘she died without issue in 1635’


offspring, descendants, heirs, successors, children, sons or daughters, progeny, scions, family, youngsters, babies

informal kids

derogatory spawn

archaic seed, fruit, fruit of one's loins

6‘an issue of blood’


discharge, emission, release, outflow, outflowing, outpouring, outrush, rush, flood, deluge, spurt, jet, cascade, stream, torrent, gush

flow, flux, outflux, welling

leakage, escape, drain, drainage

excretion, secretion, ejection, disgorgement, debouchment, emanation, exudation, exuding, venting, effluence, effluent, effusion

technical efflux

7‘his perseverance certainly merited a favourable issue’


result, outcome, consequence, end result, net result, upshot, effect, after-effect, aftermath, conclusion, end, denouement

informal pay-off


1‘writs were issued against the contractors’


send out, put out

release, deliver

publish, announce, proclaim, broadcast, promulgate, communicate, impart, purvey, circulate, distribute, spread, disseminate

literary bruit about, bruit abroad, utter



2‘the captain issued the crew with side arms’


supply, provide, furnish, arm, equip, fit out, rig out, kit out, accoutre, outfit, fit up

provision, stock, purvey, accommodate

present, invest, endow, favour

informal fix up



3‘savoury smells began to issue from the kitchen’


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

be uttered, be emitted, be transmitted

4‘surprising profits might issue from the unwinding of a few giant companies’


result, follow, ensue, develop, stem, spring, arise, start, derive, evolve, proceed, emerge, emanate, flow

be got, be had, be taken

be caused by, be the result of, be brought about by, be brought on by, be produced by, originate in, have its origin in, attend, accompany, be consequent on

supervene on


bring about


    at issue

      ‘at issue here is the definition of a work of art’


      in question, in dispute

      being discussed, under discussion, under consideration

      on the agenda, for debate, to be discussed, to be decided, unsettled

    take issue

      ‘I take issue with your assertion’


      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

      challenge, dispute, question, call into question, oppose, object to, take exception to, protest against, contradict, gainsay, differ from, dissent from, diverge from