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

Simple Definition of issue

  • : 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

  1. 1 plural :  proceeds from a source of revenue (as an estate)

  2. 2 :  the action of going, coming, or flowing out :  egress, emergence

  3. 3 :  a means or place of going out :  exit, outlet

  4. 4 :  offspring, progeny <died without issue>

  5. 5 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>

  6. 6 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>

  7. 7 :  a discharge (as of blood) from the body

  8. 8 a :  something coming forth from a specified source <issues of a disordered imagination> b obsolete :  deed

  9. 9 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 play \ˈi-shü-ləs\ adjective
at issue
  1. 1 :  in a state of controversy :  in disagreement

  2. 2 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



verb is·sue

Simple Definition of issue

  • : 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


  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to go, come, or flow out b :  to come forth :  emerge

  3. 2 :  accrue <profits issuing from the sale of the stock>

  4. 3 archaic :  to descend from a specified parent or ancestor

  5. 4 :  to be a consequence or final outcome :  emanate, result

  6. 5 :  to appear or become available through being officially put forth or distributed

  7. 6 :  eventuate, terminate

  8. transitive verb
  9. 1 :  to cause to come forth :  discharge, emit

  10. 2 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.

14th Century

First Known Use of issue

14th century

Synonym Discussion of issue

spring, arise, rise, originate, derive, flow, issue, emanate, proceed, stem mean to come up or out of something into existence. spring implies rapid or sudden emerging <an idea that springs to mind>. arise and rise may both convey the fact of coming into existence or notice but rise often stresses gradual growth or ascent <new questions have arisen> <slowly rose to prominence>. originate implies a definite source or starting point <the fire originated in the basement>. derive implies a prior existence in another form <the holiday derives from an ancient Roman feast>. flow adds to spring a suggestion of abundance or ease of inception <words flowed easily from her pen>. issue suggests emerging from confinement through an outlet <blood issued from the cut>. emanate applies to the coming of something immaterial (as a thought) from a source <reports emanating from the capital>. proceed stresses place of origin, derivation, parentage, or logical cause <advice that proceeds from the best of intentions>. stem implies originating by dividing or branching off from something as an outgrowth or subordinate development <industries stemming from space research>.

ISSUE Defined for Kids



noun is·sue \ˈi-shü\

Definition of issue

  1. 1 :  something that is discussed or disputed <Let's not argue about this issue.>

  2. 2 :  the version of a newspaper or magazine that is published at a particular time

  3. 3 :  the action of going, coming, or flowing out <That is the river's place of issue.>

  4. 4 :  offspring, progeny

  5. 5 :  a giving off (as of blood) from the body

  6. 6 :  the act of bringing out, offering, or making available <The post office announced the issue of new stamps.>



verb is·sue

Definition of issue


  1. 1 :  to go, come, or flow out <Smoke issued from the chimney.>

  2. 2 :  to distribute officially <Police are issuing tickets.>

  3. 3 :  to announce officially <A storm warning has been issued.>

  4. 4 :  to send out for sale or circulation

Medical Dictionary


noun is·sue \ˈish-(ˌ)ü, chiefly British ˈis-(ˌ)yü\

Medical Definition of issue

  1. 1:  progeny

  2. 2a:  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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February 11, 2016

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