issue

noun
is·​sue | \ ˈi-(ˌ)shü How to pronounce issue (audio) , 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
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 How to pronounce issueless (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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The latest development came a day after China announced new guidelines for the protection of patents and copyrights, which has been a key issue in the dispute. Washington Post, "Asian markets mixed after US shares forge new highs," 27 Nov. 2019 Passenger safety has long been a contentious issue for ride-hailing startups. Amy Thomson, Fortune, "Uber’s London Ban May Just Be the Beginning of a Global Ride-Hailing Backlash," 27 Nov. 2019 None of that was an issue with Alabama’s starting quarterback throwing for the third-most yards in school history with 444 in a 47-23 win. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Iron Bowls are won up front. A deeper look at how Alabama matches up with Auburn.," 27 Nov. 2019 Fake news isn’t simply an online issue, says Wardle. Olivia Goldhill, Quartz, "How to talk to your grandparents about fake news," 27 Nov. 2019 Under questioning by Stefanik, witnesses explained that corruption at Burisma, the company on whose board Joe Biden’s son Hunter sat, was a legitimate issue. John Mccormack, National Review, "What’s Next for Elise Stefanik?," 26 Nov. 2019 The latest development came a day after China announced new guidelines for the protection of patents and copyrights, which has been a key issue in the dispute. Alex Veiga, SFChronicle.com, "Major stock indexes hit new highs on trade news," 26 Nov. 2019 Injuries have been an issue and missing quarterback Matthew Stafford, who remains out with broken bones in his back, is a serious problem. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, "NFL power rankings for Week 13: The No. 1 Ravens and No. 2 49ers will meet on Sunday; Bears inch back into top 20," 26 Nov. 2019 The rezoning, Hines said, was an issue the district started to look at last year. Jamie Swinnerton, Houston Chronicle, "Conroe ISD plans elementary rezoning in The Woodlands," 26 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Meanwhile, following a stern statement in 2016, Prince Harry recently issued a heartfelt and emotional letter on the matter. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Helena Bonham Carter's Advice to Meghan Markle for Dealing With Media Scrutiny," 28 Nov. 2019 After an investigation, detective Nathan Rines issued a warrant for Luby's arrest on March 21, 2019. Arkansas Online, "Police: Man convinced staff he was buying Arkansas hotel, made off with cash while 'acting as the owner'," 27 Nov. 2019 The district magistrate will issue a gender identity certificate based on its recommendations. Vijayta Lalwani, Quartz India, "What next for transgender people, as India clears a bill that activists call “murder of gender justice”?," 27 Nov. 2019 Police issued an assault, family violence citation to a Pearland man, 30, Nov. 16 in the 2500 block of Business Center Drive. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Pearland police: Multiple reports of auto-part thefts," 27 Nov. 2019 Ackermann has issued an appeal to the thieves, imploring them not to melt down the jewels or break the collections into smaller sets. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Thieves Steal Precious Jewels From Dresden’s Treasure-Filled ‘Green Vault’," 26 Nov. 2019 By Monday, 18 of the area’s 23 hospitals were issuing an alert to ambulances. John Diedrich, jsonline.com, "Some busy hospitals say they must turn away ambulances. Here's how one state banned the practice," 22 Nov. 2019 Statement credits will be issued within 1-2 billing cycles after qualifying purchase is made. Shelby Deering, House Beautiful, "How to Transform Your Home Into a Dreamy Oasis This Weekend," 21 Nov. 2019 The Obama administration had issued an executive order on immigration two years earlier, and Sauza was among more than 800,000 recipients, all of whom were brought to the U.S. as children. Eric Ginsburg, Bon Appétit, "The Undocumented Chef Behind Kansas City’s Most Inclusive Restaurant," 21 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of issue was in the 14th century

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30 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Issue.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/issueless?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=i&file=issue002. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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More Definitions for issue

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
How to pronounce issue (audio)

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 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

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issue

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

Medical Definition of issue

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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