issue [ish-oo or, esp. British, is-yoo] SynonymsExamplesWord Originnoun
- the act of sending out or putting forth; promulgation; distribution: the issue of food and blankets to flood victims.
- something that is printed or published and distributed, especially a given number of a periodical: Have you seen the latest issue of the magazine?
- something that is sent out or put forth in any form.
- a quantity of something that is officially offered for sale or put into circulation at one time: a new issue of commemorative stamps; a new bond issue.
- a point in question or a matter that is in dispute, as between contending parties in an action at law.
- a point, matter, or dispute, the decision of which is of special or public importance: the political issues.
- a point, the decision of which determines a matter: The real issue in the strike was the right to bargain collectively.
- a point at which a matter is ready for decision: to bring a case to an issue.
- something proceeding from any source, as a product, effect, result, or consequence: His words were the issue of an intelligent man.
- Often issues.
- a personal or emotional problem: I had issues that prevented me from doing well in school.
- any problem or difficulty: Sorry I’m late—I had an issue with parking.
- the ultimate result, event, or outcome of a proceeding, affair, etc.: the issue of a contest.
- a distribution of food rations, clothing, equipment, or ammunition to a number of officers or enlisted soldiers, or to a military unit.
- offspring; progeny: to die without issue.
- a going, coming, passing, or flowing out: free issue and entry.
- a place or means of egress; outlet or exit.
- something that comes out, as an outflowing stream.
- a discharge of blood, pus, or the like.
- an incision, ulcer, or the like, emitting such a discharge.
- issues, English Law. the profits from land or other property.
- the printing of copies of a work from the original setting of type with some slight changes: the third issue of the poem.
- Obsolete. a proceeding or action.
verb (used with object), is·sued, is·su·ing.
- to put out; deliver for use, sale, etc.; put into circulation.
- to mint, print, or publish for sale or distribution: to issue a new coin; to issue a reprint of a book.
- to distribute (food, clothing, etc.) to one or more officers or enlisted soldiers or to a military unit.
- to send out; discharge; emit.
verb (used without object), is·sued, is·su·ing.
- to go, pass, or flow out; come forth; emerge: to issue forth to battle.
- to be sent, put forth, or distributed authoritatively or publicly, as a legal writ or money.
- to be published, as a book.
- to originate or proceed from any source.
- to arise as a result or consequence; result: a reaction that issues from the stimulus.
- Chiefly Law. to proceed as offspring, or be born or descended.
- Chiefly Law. to come as a yield or profit, as from land.
- Archaic. to have the specified outcome, result, etc. (often followed by in).
- Obsolete. to end; terminate.
- at issue,
- being disputed or under discussion.
- being at opposite viewpoints; in disagreement: Medical experts are still at issue over the proper use of tranquilizers.
- join issue,
- to enter into controversy or take exception to.
- to submit an issue jointly for legal decision.
- take issue, to disagree; dispute: He took issue with me on my proposal for a new advertising campaign.
Origin of issue 1275–1325; (noun) Middle English Middle French: place or passage out; Old French (e)issue Vulgar Latin *exūta, noun use of feminine of *exūtus, Latin exitus exit1; (v.) Middle English issuen, derivative of the noun, or Middle French, Old French (e)issu, past participle of issir to go out (≪ Latin exīre); see exit2 Related formsis·sue·less, adjectiveis·su·er, nounout·is·sue, verb (used with object), out·is·sued, out·is·su·ing.pre·is·sue, noun, verb (used with object), pre·is·sued, pre·is·su·ing.self-is·sued, adjectiveself-is·su·ing, adjectiveun·der·is·sue, nounun·is·sued, adjectiveSynonyms for issue 2. copy, edition, printing. 5, 7. crux. 6, 7. problem, question. 11. upshot, conclusion, end. 25. See emerge. 28. flow, emanate, arise, spring. 29. ensue.Antonyms for issue 25. return. Related Words for issue affair, point, question, argument, controversy, topic, matter, problem, concern, subject, consequence, outcome, effect, number, promulgate, deliver, send, publish, release, announce Examples from the Web for issue Contemporary Examples of issue
But the tide was turning on this issue, an email from another constituent made clear.
January 9, 2015
Like many Americans—but few Republican presidential candidates—the former Florida governor has evolved on the issue.
January 9, 2015
In this cockamamie get-rich scheme, would they all issue an apology if he cut a check?
January 8, 2015
Various clerks said that they personally would not issue gay marriage licenses.
January 5, 2015
Judge Hinkle said “the Constitution requires the Clerk to issue such licenses.”
January 5, 2015
Historical Examples of issue
He resolved to listen with good grace to any homilies that might issue.
Harry Leon Wilson
Have you the least doubt about what must be the issue of this correspondence, if continued?
The issue was, however, disappointing to him in the extreme.
Still he tried to fix the issue on the known unsavory reputation of the woman.
Chicago Red grinned with cheerful acceptance of the issue in such an encounter.
British Dictionary definitions for issue issue noun
- the act of sending or giving out something; supply; delivery
- something issued; an edition of stamps, a magazine, etc
- the number of identical items, such as banknotes or shares in a company, that become available at a particular time
- the act of emerging; outflow; discharge
- something flowing out, such as a river
- a place of outflow; outlet
- the descendants of a person; offspring; progeny
- a topic of interest or discussion
- an important subject requiring a decision
- an outcome or consequence; result
- a suppurating sore
- discharge from a wound
- law the matter remaining in dispute between the parties to an action after the pleadings
- the yield from or profits arising out of land or other property
- military the allocation of items of government stores, such as food, clothing, and ammunition
- library science
- the system for recording current loans
- the number of books loaned in a specified period
- obsolete an act, deed, or proceeding
- at issue
- under discussion
- in disagreement
- force the issue to compel decision on some matter
- join issue
- to join in controversy
- to submit an issue for adjudication
- take issue to disagree
verb -sues, -suing or -sued
- to come forth or emerge or cause to come forth or emerge
- to publish or deliver (a newspaper, magazine, etc)
- (tr) to make known or announce
- (intr) to originate or proceed
- (intr) to be a consequence; result
- (intr foll by in) to end or terminate
- to give out or allocate (equipment, a certificate, etc) officially to someone
- (foll by with)to supply officially (with)
Derived Formsissueless, adjectiveissuer, nounWord Origin for issue C13: from Old French eissue way out, from eissir to go out, from Latin exīre, from ex- 1 + īre to go Word Origin and History for issue n.
c.1300, “exit, a going out, flowing out,” from Old French issue “a way out, exit,” from fem. past participle of issir “to go out,” from Latin exire (cf. Italian uscire, Catalan exir), from ex- “out” (see ex-) + ire “to go,” from PIE root *ei- “to go” (see ion). Meaning “discharge of blood or other fluid from the body” is from 1520s; sense of “offspring” is from late 14c. Meaning “outcome of an action” is attested from late 14c., probably from French; legal sense of “point in question at the conclusion of the presentation by both parties in a suit” (early 14c. in Anglo-French) led to transferred sense of “a point to be decided” (1836). Meaning “action of sending into publication or circulation” is from 1833.
c.1300, “to flow out,” from issue (n.) or else from Old French issu, past participle of issir; sense of “to send out authoritatively” is from c.1600; that of “to supply (someone with something)” is from 1925. Related: Issued; issuing.
issue in Medicine issue [ĭsh′ōō] n.
- A discharge, as of blood or pus.
- A lesion, a wound, or an ulcer that produces a discharge of this sort.
Idioms and Phrases with issue issue
see at issue; take issue with.