issue

noun
is·​sue | \ ˈi-(ˌ)shü How to pronounce issue (audio) , chiefly Southern ˈi-shə, chiefly British ˈis-(ˌ)yü \
plural issues

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 "… He insists that this was an issue over health care policy, not over the former vice president's age or agility. …"— Ed O'Keefe They misquoted me, but I didn't want to make an issue of it. — see also take issue
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 1a, 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

Other Words from issue

Noun

issueless \ ˈi-​shü-​ləs How to pronounce issue (audio) \ 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Likewise, if an employee doesn't use a solution even though their cohort does, this may indicate another issue altogether. Sumir Karayi, Forbes, 9 Aug. 2022 Though the rebound issue no longer appears to be as rare as once thought, officials note that Paxlovid remains highly effective. Rong-gong Lin Ii And Luke Money, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Aug. 2022 Yet Republicans will push ongoing high inflation as a top campaign issue in this fall's elections, with polls showing that high prices have driven Biden's approval ratings down sharply. Christopher Rugaber, ajc, 9 Aug. 2022 Fortunately, another issue—poor performance after switching AAA games—was rapidly fixed with a reboot. Wired, 9 Aug. 2022 And as California’s first-term governor positions himself as the national Democratic Party pit bull, no other issue is defining his political rise like health care. Angela Hart, Fortune, 9 Aug. 2022 The Treasury Department initially declined, and the issue has been tied up in litigation ever since. Paul Duggan, Washington Post, 9 Aug. 2022 Even though the issue was later settled and dropped, Alley Mills — who played the two actors' TV mom — claimed in January 2018 that this incident resulted in the show's 1993 cancellation. Dory Jackson, Peoplemag, 9 Aug. 2022 In her cover for this week’s issue, the artist Gayle Kabaker captures the soothing serenity of a walk through the forest. Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker, 8 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Federal law enforcement officials issue subpoenas – legal demands for evidence – when there's less potential that the material might be destroyed or hidden. Kevin Mccoy, USA TODAY, 9 Aug. 2022 After that, DraftKings will issue a $100 bonus to use on other games and sports. Xl Media, cleveland, 7 Aug. 2022 Banks would issue the cards, not Visa, and they were mandated to add the magnetic stripe to their cards. Richard Sandomir, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Aug. 2022 Banks would issue the cards, not Visa, and they were mandated to add the magnetic stripe to their cards. New York Times, 5 Aug. 2022 To take it a step further, employers can issue a quarterly survey of employees to ask their opinion about what is most important to them about their day-to-day work and job satisfaction. Paula Morgan, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 The credit card company will issue an interim credit and investigate, and that would ultimately become a permanent credit. Peter Greenberg, CBS News, 29 July 2022 Under Rivas' extreme heat ranking bill, the state's Environmental Protection Agency would issue alerts with either a letter, number or color indicator that would warn a specific community about the heat threats to their area. Ivan Pereira, ABC News, 28 July 2022 The source highlighted that the anti-trust board’s review process takes place in two phases, the second of which will issue a final decision following hearings with both parties. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 27 July 2022 See More

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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
is·​sue | \ ˈi-shü How to pronounce issue (audio) \

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

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 How to pronounce issue (audio) \

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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