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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Are policymakers already thinking about this issue? New York Times, "The U.S. Birthrate Has Dropped Again. The Pandemic May Be Accelerating the Decline.," 5 May 2021 Cheney has also forcibly contested Biden's plans to withdraw from Afghanistan, though the President's instincts may hew closer to the Trump base on this one issue than her own hawkish national security principles. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Liz Cheney chooses truth over power -- a lonely path in Trump's GOP," 5 May 2021 This has led Republicans in a number of states to try to pass election laws, because at least there is party unity on this issue. BostonGlobe.com, "Amid infighting, these are probably the only two things Republicans agree on right now," 5 May 2021 During a difficult school year, many readers could likely relate to this issue, and the writer used thoughtful details and story structure. Dallas News, "Student journalists win 30th annual Dallas Morning News awards for pandemic, social justice reporting," 4 May 2021 Friendly nations such as Luxembourg, Japan, and the UAE have either passed legislation or are taking up serious discussions about this issue. Kevin O’connell & Alexander William Salter, National Review, "Great Power Competition in the Final Frontier: How to Keep the Peace in Space," 4 May 2021 Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "Every iPhone owner should download iOS 14.5.1 right now – here’s why," 4 May 2021 The only other mainstream TV series devoted singularly to this issue was Between the Lines, which aired on the BBC from 1992 to 1994. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "In the UK’s biggest TV drama in decades, cops are the villains," 3 May 2021 That means tax returns with this issue must be corrected by hand rather than via computer, the tax advocate said. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "IRS is holding millions of tax returns, delaying refunds," 3 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The new law allows these panels to receive citizen complaints, conduct investigations and issue binding rulings. Washington Post, "After the death of George Floyd, lawmakers in Md., Va. and D.C. set out to hold police more accountable. Here are some key measures.," 6 May 2021 The fact that the governor could simply issue another disaster declaration doesn’t reassure him. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska Gov. Dunleavy signs COVID-19 bill to maintain federal aid, ends state of emergency effective immediately," 1 May 2021 Section 2: Expands the circumstances under which the juvenile court may issue an order to detain a child, to include circumstances when the child is charged with the commission of a violent offense. courant.com, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 30 Apr. 2021 The Star-Telegram declined to endorse other candidates in the races, saying too little time remained before Saturday’s election, but will issue recommendations if the races go to runoffs. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, "Arlington candidates lose Fort Worth Star-Telegram endorsements after failing to disclose information," 29 Apr. 2021 The Electoral Commission has the power to issue fines of up to 20,000 pounds and refer the matter to the police if necessary. NBC News, "Boris Johnson's apartment renovation proves costly as opponents seize on sleaze scandal," 29 Apr. 2021 Brown will then make a decision on whether the shooting aligns with department policy, and a final police board will issue the verdict on how to proceed. Jake Dima, Washington Examiner, "Chicago releases body camera footage showing fatal shooting of Anthony Alvarez, who was armed," 28 Apr. 2021 There is another alternative in five states (Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Vermont and Washington) that additionally issue an enhanced driver's license (EDL) as a proof of identity and U.S. citizenship. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Forbes, "The Real ID Deadline Just Got Postponed Until 2023," 28 Apr. 2021 Judge Thomas Hogan will hear more arguments next week and issue a ruling. Marshall Cohen, CNN, "US Capitol rioters charged in Sicknick case were armed with bear spray but only used pepper spray, prosecutors say," 27 Apr. 2021

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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

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

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

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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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