noun \ˈi-(ˌ)shü, chiefly Southern ˈi-shə, chiefly British ˈis-(ˌ)yü\

: something that people are talking about, thinking about, etc. : an important subject or topic

: the version of a newspaper, magazine, etc., that is published at a particular time

: the act of officially making something available or giving something to people to be used : the act of issuing something

Full Definition of ISSUE

plural :  proceeds from a source of revenue (as an estate)
:  the action of going, coming, or flowing out :  egress, emergence
:  a means or place of going out :  exit, outlet
:  offspring, progeny <died without issue>
a :  a final outcome that usually constitutes a solution (as of a problem) or resolution (as of a difficulty)
b obsolete :  a final conclusion or decision about something arrived at after consideration
c archaic :  termination, end <hope that his enterprise would have a prosperous issue — T. B. Macaulay>
a :  a matter that is in dispute between two or more parties
b (1) :  a vital or unsettled matter <economic issues>
(2) :  concern, problem <I have issues with his behavior>
c :  the point at which an unsettled matter is ready for a decision <brought the matter to an issue>
:  a discharge (as of blood) from the body
a :  something coming forth from a specified source <issues of a disordered imagination>
b obsolete :  deed
a :  the act of publishing or officially giving out or making available <the next issue of commemorative stamps> <issue of supplies by the quartermaster>
b :  the thing or the whole quantity of things given out at one time <read the latest issue>
is·sue·less \ˈi-shü-ləs\ adjective
at issue
:  in a state of controversy :  in disagreement
also in issue :  under discussion or in dispute

Examples of ISSUE

  1. She is concerned with a variety of social issues.
  2. Water purity is a public health issue.
  3. The President's speech addressed a number of important issues.
  4. campaign issues like education and defense
  5. The issue is poverty, not race: to talk about race is simply to confuse the issue.
  6. The case involves some complicated legal issues.
  7. He should stop dodging the issue and make a decision now.
  8. There's an interesting article on page 12 of this issue.
  9. the most recent issue of the magazine

Origin of ISSUE

Middle English, exit, proceeds, from Anglo-French, from issir to come out, go out, from Latin exire to go out, from ex- + ire to go; akin to Gothic iddja he went, Greek ienai to go, Sanskrit eti he goes
First Known Use: 14th century



: to give (something) to someone in an official way : to give or supply (something) to (someone)

: to make (something) available to be sold or used

: to announce (something) in a public and official way


Full Definition of ISSUE

intransitive verb
a :  to go, come, or flow out
b :  to come forth :  emerge
:  accrue <profits issuing from the sale of the stock>
archaic :  to descend from a specified parent or ancestor
:  to be a consequence or final outcome :  emanate, result
:  to appear or become available through being officially put forth or distributed
transitive verb
:  to cause to come forth :  discharge, emit
a :  to put forth or distribute usually officially <government issued a new airmail stamp> <issue orders>
b :  to send out for sale or circulation :  publish
c British :  provide 2b, supply
is·su·er noun

Examples of ISSUE

  1. Each employee will be issued an identification card.
  2. The Post Office will issue a new first-class stamp.
  3. The company plans to raise money by issuing more stock.
  4. The bank will be issuing a new credit card.
  5. the bank's newly issued credit card
  6. The king issued a decree forbidding all protests.
  7. A severe storm warning has been issued.
  8. The police have issued a warrant for her arrest.
  9. A steady flow of lava issued from a crack in the rock.

First Known Use of ISSUE

14th century

Related to ISSUE


noun \ˈish-(ˌ)ü, chiefly British ˈis-(ˌ)yü\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ISSUE

a : a discharge (as of blood) from the body that is caused by disease or other physical disorder or that is produced artificially <a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians—Luke 8:43 (Authorized Version)> b : an incision made to produce such a discharge


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