What is the meaning of issue?


  • An important question that is in dispute and must be settled.
    • usage: "the issue could be settled by requiring public education for everyone"; "politicians never discuss the real issues"
  • One of a series published periodically.
    • usage: "she found an old issue of the magazine in her dentist's waiting room"
  • Some situation or event that is thought about.
    • usage: "he kept drifting off the topic"; "he had been thinking about the subject for several years"; "it is a matter for the police"
  • The act of providing an item for general use or for official purposes (usually in quantity. )
    • usage: "a new issue of stamps"; "the last issue of penicillin was over a month ago"
  • Supplies (as food or clothing or ammunition) issued by the government.
  • The income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property.
    • usage: "the average return was about 5"
  • A phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon.
    • usage: "the magnetic effect was greater when the rod was lengthwise"; "his decision had depressing consequences for business"; "he acted very wise after the event"
  • The immediate descendants of a person.
    • usage: "she was the mother of many offspring"; "he died without issue"
  • The becoming visible.
    • usage: "not a day's difference between the emergence of the andrenas and the opening of the willow catkins"
  • An opening that permits escape or release.
    • usage: "he blocked the way out"; "the canyon had only one issue"
  • The act of issuing printed materials.


  • Prepare and issue for public distribution or sale.
    • usage: "publish a magazine or newspaper"
  • Circulate or distribute or equip with.
    • usage: "issue a new uniform to the children"; "supply blankets for the beds"
  • Bring out an official document (such as a warrant. )
  • Come out of.
    • usage: "Water issued from the hole in the wall"; "The words seemed to come out by themselves"
  • Make out and issue.
    • usage: "write out a check"; "cut a ticket"; "Please make the check out to me"
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APAWordNet. (2010). issue. Retrieved April 23, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/issue/definitions/1322121
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