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noun prob·lem \ˈprä-bləm, -bəm, -ˌblem\

: something that is difficult to deal with : something that is a source of trouble, worry, etc.

: difficulty in understanding something

: a feeling of not liking or wanting to do something

Full Definition of PROBLEM

1
a :  a question raised for inquiry, consideration, or solution
b :  a proposition in mathematics or physics stating something to be done
2
a :  an intricate unsettled question
b :  a source of perplexity, distress, or vexation
c :  difficulty in understanding or accepting <I have a problem with your saying that>

Examples of PROBLEM

  1. Racism and sexism are major social problems.
  2. The company is having financial problems.
  3. He has chronic health problems.
  4. The mechanic fixed the problem with the car.
  5. There are a few problems with your argument.
  6. We have to find a way to solve this problem.
  7. She is bothered by family problems.
  8. We didn't have any problems getting here.
  9. I have my own problems to deal with.
  10. Mosquitoes are a problem in the summer.

Origin of PROBLEM

Middle English probleme, from Latin problema, from Greek problēma, literally, obstacle, from proballein to throw forward, from pro- forward + ballein to throw — more at pro-, devil
First Known Use: 14th century

2problem

adjective

: difficult to deal with

Full Definition of PROBLEM

1
:  dealing with a problem of conduct or social relationship <a problem play>
2
:  difficult to deal with <a problem child>

First Known Use of PROBLEM

1894
May 22, 2015
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