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

Conversations that normalize mental health issues and help do away with the stigmas attached to them are always important—not fodder for jokes. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Sophie Turner Totally Shut Down Piers Morgan Over His Tweets About Mental Health," 9 Jan. 2019 More resources are needed to adjudicate asylum claims more rapidly, to secure people with pending claims in sustainable and humane ways, and to assist Central American countries in combating the underlying issues that drive people north. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The shutdown is intractable because Trump’s wall is ridiculous and Republicans know it," 8 Jan. 2019 This seemingly minor technical issue sparked hours of discomfort and delay for passengers like 18-year-old Abigail Fitzgibbon from Boston, who was returning after the holiday break to her freshman year at UCLA. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "Alaska Airlines flight diversion leads to a 30-hour nightmare for passengers," 8 Jan. 2019 The issue has had a minimal effect on screening passengers across the nation's airpots, the agency says. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "TSA Workers Are Calling Out Sick as the Government Shutdown Rages On," 7 Jan. 2019 Problems cropped up for these new owners, too, in the form of delivery delays and notable quality issues. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Tesla," 29 Dec. 2018 Today, the signal issue was definitely solved, and the SpaceX team were set to finally launch this $500 million satellite. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX Rocket Launch Delayed for the Third Time This Week," 20 Dec. 2018 Another judge in 2015 ruled in favor of a lawsuit brought on behalf of people housed in jails for weeks and months at a time while awaiting competency services for their mental-health issues. Joseph O’sullivan, The Seattle Times, "Inslee unveils $675 million plan to reverse crisis in Washington’s mental-health system," 12 Dec. 2018 My issue was Hart never apologized, and seemed surprised to even be asked about homophobic views. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook’s role in the French protests has polarized observers," 11 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Microsoft has issued an emergency update that fixes a critical Internet Explorer vulnerability that attackers are actively exploiting on the Internet. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Microsoft issues emergency update to fix critical IE flaw under active exploit," 20 Dec. 2018 The recalled products are 15.25-ounce (432g) cans Fiesta Corn Seasoned with Red & Green Peppers, according to an announcement issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on December 11. Korin Miller, SELF, "Del Monte Recalls Canned Corn Over Concerns It Could Cause ‘Life-Threatening Illness'," 14 Dec. 2018 Victoria's Secret has since issued an apology for his comments regarding transgender models, but did not walk back the remarks on size inclusivity. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Body-Positive Influencers Respond to the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show With Their Own Lingerie Photos," 3 Dec. 2018 This weekend, Queen Elizabeth has issued a heartfelt statement offering her sympathies for the victims of the on-going wildfires in California and her prayers for the first responders. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Issues a Touching Statement About the California Wildfires," 18 Nov. 2018 This week, Prada has issued an apology for some imagery featured in one of its recent campaigns. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prada Apologizes After Being Accused of Using Racist Imagery," 15 Dec. 2018 According to Minnesota Public Radio, the city has issued $5 billion in construction permits over the last five years. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Here’s what a plan to tackle climate change, density, and affordability looks like," 27 Nov. 2018 Facebook reportedly brought the signs to the attention of the Anti-Defamation League, which issued a statement criticizing the protest. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "Facebook critics file FTC complaint over breach of 30 million accounts," 15 Nov. 2018 Be advised however: Only 50 long-distance permits are issued each day and they are handed out on a first come, first serve basis. Kraig Becker, Popular Mechanics, "9 Things to Know Before You Hike the Pacific Crest Trail," 5 Nov. 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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