issue

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

Definition of issue 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : a vital or unsettled matter economic issues

(2) : concern, problem I have issues with his behavior

b : a matter that is in dispute between two or more parties

c : the point at which an unsettled matter is ready for a decision brought the matter to an issue

2a : the thing or the whole quantity of things given out at one time read the latest issue

b : the act of publishing or officially giving out or making available the next issue of commemorative stamps issue of supplies by the quartermaster

3 : offspring, progeny died without issue

4 : a discharge (as of blood) from the body

5 : a means or place of going out : exit, outlet

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

7a : something coming forth from a specified source issues of a disordered imagination

b obsolete : deed

8a : 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

9 issues plural : proceeds from a source of revenue (such as an estate)

at issue

1 or less commonly in issue : under discussion or in dispute

2 : in a state of controversy : in disagreement

issue

verb
issued; issuing

Definition of issue (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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 sense 2b, supply

2 : to cause to come forth : discharge, emit

intransitive verb

1a : to go, come, or flow out

b : to come forth : emerge

2 : accrue profits issuing from the sale of the stock

3 : to be a consequence or final outcome : emanate, result

4 : to appear or become available through being officially put forth or distributed

6 archaic : to descend from a specified parent or ancestor

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Other Words from issue

Noun

issueless \ ˈi-​shü-​ləs \ adjective

Verb

issuer noun

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Verb

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 (such 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

Examples of issue in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

Each employee will be issued an identification card. The Post Office will issue a new first-class stamp. The company plans to raise money by issuing more stock. The bank will be issuing a new credit card. the bank's newly issued credit card The king issued a decree forbidding all protests. A severe storm warning has been issued. The police have issued a warrant for her arrest. A steady flow of lava issued from a crack in the rock.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On the campaign trail this year, Cruz’s attempt to attack O’Rourke over issues of police brutality virally backfired, as Cruz’s campaign tweeted a video of O’Rourke discussing the injustice of Botham Jean’s killing. Taylor Crumpton, Teen Vogue, "Beto O'Rourke Won With Texas's Black Women Because We Are Still the Moral Compass of United States Politics," 12 Nov. 2018 One of the central issues of his campaign was climate change. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "New congressional members with science backgrounds may help shape national policy," 7 Nov. 2018 Josephs and twigs also drew from old issues of Project X, which was a Xerox-style zine that Alig and Julie Jewels handed out at parties in the late 1980s to mid-1990s. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "FKA twigs’s New Instagram Zine Reinvents ’90s New York Club Kid Style for Today," 6 Nov. 2018 Instead, the new model uses the latest-generation edition of Apple's ultra-thin butterfly keyboard, which is available on the company's latest MacBook Pro models and shouldn't suffer from the reliability issues of earlier iterations. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Apple updates MacBook Air with Retina display, Touch ID," 30 Oct. 2018 This article originally ran in the November/December 2018 issue of Redbook. Lindsey Benoit O'connell, Redbook, "Connie Britton Shares Her Rules for a Totally Chill Holiday Season," 29 Oct. 2018 However, the breakup comes after fans noticed that Pete covered over the Dangerous Woman tattoo on his neck, which initially caused people to think there might be some issues in the relationship. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Mac Miller’s Death May Have Led to Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson’s Breakup," 15 Oct. 2018 Meanwhile, Jamie's older brother, Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) is having some issues of his own. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "This Sneak Peek at Next Week's 'Blue Bloods' Episode Shows the Entire Reagan Family in Chaos," 12 Oct. 2018 Plan a weekend in the nation's capital with her top picks: This story originally appeared in the November 2018 issue of Good Housekeeping. Lindsey Benoit, Good Housekeeping, "Regina Hall Shows off Her Fall Fashion Favorites in Easy-to-Wear Looks," 9 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Officials in Ehime prefecture asked the government to review its weather warning system, noting that rain warnings were issued after damage and casualties already had occurred. Mari Yamaguchi, The Seattle Times, "Many out of power, water in flood-hit Japan; over 150 dead," 10 July 2018 Machado wasn’t allowed to win the game in the ninth against Betances as he was issued an intentional walk with first base open and one out after Caleb Joseph was hit by a pitch and Jones looped an opposite-field double into the right-field corner. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles beat Yankees, 6-5, on Schoop's walk-off single in ninth after Machado's multi-homer night," 10 July 2018 But after the Free Press wrote about her ordeal, the government temporarily changed its mind and an executive order was issued, sparing her deportation. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "3 Troy siblings move to Albania to live with deported mom," 10 July 2018 Conn’s notice was issued under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), a piece of Clinton-era U.S. copyright legislation. NBC News, "Fans howl over taking down World Cup Twitter posts for copyright issues," 14 July 2018 Another detail yet to be determined: how many permits would be issued. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati unveils long-awaited OTR residential parking plan. Only thing missing? The cost.," 13 July 2018 Pinnock was also issued a traffic ticket for failure to wear a seat belt, according to the release. Pioneer Press, chicagotribune.com, "Loaded gun, bags of marijuana recovered during traffic stop in Evanston: Police," 13 July 2018 All three suspects were issued summonses to appear in Taunton District Court. BostonGlobe.com, "New England news in brief," 13 July 2018 Payments for terrorists are issued monthly, with those receiving sentences of three to five years being allocated 2,000 shekels ($566) a month and those receiving 20-year to 35-year sentences earning 10,000 shekels ($2829) per month for life. Jewish Journal, "Abbas declares Israeli legislation won't stop him from paying terrorists," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of issue

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 9

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for issue

Noun

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 Goth iddja he went, Greek ienai to go, Sanskrit eti he goes

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issue

noun

Financial Definition of issue

What It Is

Issue refers to a legal entity -- i.e., government, corporation, or investment trust -- that develops, registers and sells securities to the investing public in order to finance its own operations.

How It Works

The most commonly issued securities are bonds, notes, commercial paper, common stock and preferred stock.

Let's assume that Company ABC makes a public offering of shares in order to finance its business expansion. Company ABC, the issuer of the stock, must file a prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) summarizing the stock offering, associated risk and financial information of the company.

Why It Matters

Issuers are legally responsible for the securities they issue. To fulfill their legal obligations to investors, they must follow strict reporting standards as set by the SEC, including quarterly reporting of financial performance and conditions, material developments and all operational activities required by regulations in the jurisdictions of the security.

Disclosure requirements for issuing companies were outlined by the Securities Act of 1933 and became more stringent when the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 was passed into law. Annual and quarterly statements, prospectuses, press releases and other reports issued by publicly traded companies are available for download at the SEC website, {ia_ext|www.sec.gov|http://www.sec.gov}. Never invest in a company's debt or stock without reviewing all of the documents mentioned above.

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issuer

noun

Financial Definition of issuer

What It Is

The term issuer refers to a legal entity -- i.e., government, corporation, or investment trust -- that develops, registers and sells securities to the investing public in order to finance its own operations.

How It Works

The most commonly issued securities are bonds, notes, commercial paper, common stock and preferred stock.

Let's assume that Company ABC makes a public offering of shares in order to finance its business expansion. Company ABC, the issuer of the stock, must file a prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) summarizing the stock offering, associated risk and financial information of the company.

Why It Matters

Issuers are legally responsible for the securities they issue. To fulfill their legal obligations to investors, they must follow strict reporting standards as set by the SEC, including quarterly reporting of financial performance and conditions, material developments and all operational activities required by regulations in the jurisdictions of the security.

Disclosure requirements for issuing companies were outlined by the Securities Act of 1933 and became more stringent when the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 was passed into law. Annual and quarterly statements, prospectuses, press releases and other reports issued by publically-traded companies are available for download at the SEC website, {ia_ext|www.sec.gov|http://www.sec.gov}. Never invest in a company's debt or stock without reviewing all of the documents mentioned above.

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issue

noun

English Language Learners Definition of issue

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

issue

verb

English Language Learners Definition of issue (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

issue

noun
is·​sue | \ˈi-shü \

Kids Definition of issue

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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

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

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

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

issue

verb
issued; issuing

Kids Definition of issue (Entry 2 of 2)

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

2 : to distribute officially Police are issuing tickets.

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

4 : to send out for sale or circulation

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issue

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

Medical Definition of issue 

1 : progeny

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

issue

noun
is·​sue | \ˈi-ˌshü, -ˌsyü \

Legal Definition of issue 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1  plural : proceeds from a source of revenue (as an estate) rents, issues, and profits

2 : one or more lineal descendants died without issue — compare child, heir

3a : a vital question or problem cited a national security issue raised an issue of public safety

b : a matter of dispute between two or more parties specifically : a single material point of fact or law in litigation that is affirmed by one side and denied by the other and that is a subject of the final determination (as by jury) of the proceedings

genuine issue

: an issue of fact that requires adjudication by trial rather than summary judgment because sufficient evidence exists to support a verdict for the party opposing the motion for summary judgment

Note: The burden is on the party moving for summary judgment to show that no genuine issue is in dispute.

issue of fact

: a dispute about a material fact that is raised by pleadings and that must be resolved by a decision under the law in order to become res judicata

issue of law

: a question specifically regarding the application of law to a case instructed the jury on various issues of lawUnited States v. Levine, 41 F.3d 607 (1994)

c : the point at which a legal matter is ready for determination (as by trial) filed pleadings and brought the case to issue

4a : the offering or selling of a group of securities by a corporation or government a new bond issue

b : the securities offered or sold in such a group sold the entire issue

at issue also in issue

: under discussion or in dispute

issue

verb
is·​sue | \ˈi-shü\
issued; issuing

Legal Definition of issue (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : accrue profits issuing from the sale of the stock

2 : to become available or be put forth by authority waited for the search warrant to issue

transitive verb

: to put forth or distribute usually officially issue a subpoena issue bonds issue credit

Other Words from issue

issuer noun

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