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issue

noun is·sue \ ˈi-(ˌ)shü , chiefly Southern ˈi-shə , chiefly British ˈis-(ˌ)yü \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of issue

1 issues plural :proceeds from a source of revenue (such as an estate)
2 :the action of going, coming, or flowing out :egress, emergence
3 :a means or place of going out :exit, outlet
4 :offspring, progeny
  • died without issue
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 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 :a discharge (as of blood) from the body
8 a :something coming forth from a specified source
  • issues of a disordered imagination
b obsolete :deed
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

issueless

play \ˈi-shü-ləs\ adjective
at issue
1 :in a state of controversy :in disagreement
2 or less commonly in issue :under discussion or in dispute

Examples of issue in a Sentence

  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

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


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issue

verb

Definition of issue

issued; issuing
intransitive verb
1 a :to go, come, or flow out
b :to come forth :emerge
2 :accrue
  • profits issuing from the sale of the stock
3 archaic :to descend from a specified parent or ancestor
4 :to be a consequence or final outcome :emanate, result
5 :to appear or become available through being officially put forth or distributed
transitive verb
1 :to cause to come forth :discharge, emit
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

issuer

noun

Examples of issue in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of issue from the Web

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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 (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

Financial Definition of ISSUE

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.


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.



ISSUE Defined for English Language Learners

issue

noun

Definition of issue for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of issue for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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issue

noun is·sue \ ˈi-shü \

Definition of issue for Students

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.

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issue

verb

Definition of issue for Students

issued; issuing
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

Medical Dictionary

issue

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

medical Definition of issue

1 :progeny
2 a :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

Law Dictionary

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issue

noun is·sue \ ˈi-ˌshü, -ˌsyü \

legal Definition of issue

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
3 a :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 law
  • United 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
4 a :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

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issue

verb is·sue \ ˈi-shü \

legal Definition of issue

issued; issuing
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

issuer

noun


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