Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or an instance of flowing, passing, or giving out.
  • n. The act of circulating, distributing, or publishing by an office or official group: government issue of new bonds.
  • n. Something produced, published, or offered, as:
  • n. An item or set of items, as stamps or coins, made available at one time by an office or bureau.
  • n. A single copy of a periodical: the May issue of the magazine.
  • n. A distinct set of copies of an edition of a book distinguished from others of that edition by variations in the printed matter.
  • n. A final result or conclusion, as a solution to a problem.
  • n. Proceeds from estates or fines.
  • n. Something proceeding from a specified source: suspicions that were the issue of a deranged mind.
  • n. Offspring; progeny: died without issue.
  • n. A point or matter of discussion, debate, or dispute: legal and moral issues.
  • n. A matter of public concern: debated economic issues.
  • n. A misgiving, objection, or complaint: had issues with the plan to change the curriculum.
  • n. The essential point; crux: the issue of how to provide adequate child care.
  • n. A culminating point leading to a decision: bring a case to an issue.
  • n. Informal A personal problem or emotional disorder: The teacher discussed the child's issues with his parents.
  • n. A place of egress; an outlet: a lake with no issue to the sea.
  • n. Pathology A discharge, as of blood or pus.
  • n. Pathology A lesion, wound, or ulcer producing such a discharge.
  • n. Archaic Termination; close.
  • intransitive v. To go or come out. See Synonyms at appear.
  • intransitive v. To accrue as proceeds or profit: Little money issued from the stocks.
  • intransitive v. To be born or be descended.
  • intransitive v. To be circulated or published.
  • intransitive v. To spring or proceed from a source. See Synonyms at stem1.
  • intransitive v. To terminate or result.
  • transitive v. To cause to flow out; emit.
  • transitive v. To circulate or distribute in an official capacity: issued uniforms to the players.
  • transitive v. To publish: issued periodic statements.
  • idiom at issue In question; in dispute: "Many people fail to grasp what is really at issue here” ( Gail Sheehy).
  • idiom at issue At variance; in disagreement.
  • idiom join issue To enter into controversy.
  • idiom join issue Law To submit an issue for decision.
  • idiom take issue To take an opposing point of view; disagree.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of passing or flowing out; a moving out from any enclosed place; egress; as, the issue of water from a pipe, of blood from a wound, of air from a bellows, of people from a house.
  • n. The act of sending out, or causing to go forth; delivery; issuance; as, the issue of an order from a commanding officer; the issue of money from a treasury.
  • n. That which passes, flows, or is sent out; the whole quantity sent forth or emitted at one time; as, an issue of bank notes; the daily issue of a newspaper.
  • n. Progeny; a child or children; offspring. In law, sometimes, in a general sense, all persons descended from a common ancestor; all lineal descendants.
  • n. Produce of the earth, or profits of land, tenements, or other property; as, A conveyed to B all his right for a term of years, with all the issues, rents, and profits.
  • n. A discharge of flux, as of blood. Matt. ix. 20.
  • n. An artificial ulcer, usually made in the fleshy part of the arm or leg, to produce the secretion and discharge of pus for the relief of some affected part.
  • n. The final outcome or result; upshot; conclusion; event; hence, contest; test; trial.
  • n. A point in debate or controversy on which the parties take affirmative and negative positions; a presentation of alternatives between which to choose or decide.
  • n. In pleading, a single material point of law or fact depending in the suit, which, being affirmed on the one side and denied on the other, is presented for determination. At issue, in controversy; disputed; opposing or contesting; hence, at variance; disagreeing; inconsistent.
  • n. A financial instrument in a company, such as a bond, stock or other security; the emission of such an instrument.
  • n. A problem or concern, usually of a mental nature.
  • v. To pass or flow out; to run out, as from any enclosed place.
  • v. To go out; to rush out; to sally forth; as, troops issued from the town, and attacked the besiegers.
  • v. To proceed, as from a source; as, water issues from springs; light issues from the sun.
  • v. To proceed, as progeny; to be derived; to be descended; to spring.
  • v. To extend; to pass or open; as, the path issues into the highway.
  • v. To be produced as an effect or result; to grow or accrue; to arise; to proceed; as, rents and profits issuing from land, tenements, or a capital stock.
  • v. To turn out (in a given way); to have a specified issue or result, to result (in).
  • v. In pleading, to come to a point in fact or law, on which the parties join issue.
  • v. To send out; to put into circulation; as, to issue notes from a bank.
  • v. To deliver for use; as, to issue provisions.
  • v. To send out officially; to deliver by authority; as, to issue an order; to issue a writ.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of passing or flowing out; a moving out from any inclosed place; egress.
  • n. The act of sending out, or causing to go forth; delivery; issuance
  • n. That which passes, flows, or is sent out; the whole quantity sent forth or emitted at one time
  • n. Progeny; a child or children; offspring. In law, sometimes, in a general sense, all persons descended from a common ancestor; all lineal descendants.
  • n. Produce of the earth, or profits of land, tenements, or other property.
  • n. A discharge of flux, as of blood.
  • n. An artificial ulcer, usually made in the fleshy part of the arm or leg, to produce the secretion and discharge of pus for the relief of some affected part.
  • n. The final outcome or result; upshot; conclusion; event; hence, contest; test; trial.
  • n. A point in debate or controversy on which the parties take affirmative and negative positions; a presentation of alternatives between which to choose or decide; a point of contention; a matter in controversy.
  • n. In pleading, a single material point of law or fact depending in the suit, which, being affirmed on the one side and denied on the other, is presented for determination. See General issue, under General, and Feigned issue, under Feigned.
  • intransitive v. To pass or flow out; to run out, as from any inclosed place.
  • intransitive v. To go out; to rush out; to sally forth.
  • intransitive v. To proceed, as from a source
  • intransitive v. To proceed, as progeny; to be derived; to be descended; to spring.
  • intransitive v. To extend; to pass or open.
  • intransitive v. To be produced as an effect or result; to grow or accrue; to arise; to proceed.
  • intransitive v. To close; to end; to terminate; to turn out.
  • intransitive v. In pleading, to come to a point in fact or law, on which the parties join issue.
  • transitive v. To send out; to put into circulation.
  • transitive v. To deliver for use.
  • transitive v. To send out officially; to deliver by authority

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To pass from within outward; go or pass out; go forth.
  • To proceed as progeny; be derived or descended; spring.
  • To be produced as an effect or result; grow or accrue; arise; proceed: as, rents and profits issuing from land.
  • To come to a result or conclusion; reach an end; close; terminate: with in before an object: as, we know not how the cause will issue; the negotiations issued in a firm peace.
  • In law: To come to a question in fact or law on which the parties join in resting the decision of the cause.
  • To go forth as authoritative or binding: said of an official instrument, as a mandamus, proclamation, or license.
  • To send out; deliver for use; deliver authoritatively; emit; put into circulation: as, to issue provisions; to issue a writ or precept; to issue bank-notes or a book.
  • To bring to an issue; terminate; settle.
  • n. A going, passing, or flowing out; passage from within outward; an outgoing, outflow, or flux.
  • n. Means of egress; an opening or outlet; a passage leading outward; a vent.
  • n. Specifically, in medicine, a vent for the passage of blood or morbid matter; a running sore, accidental or made as a counter-irritant.
  • n. An outcome; a result; the product of any process or action; that which occurs as a consequence; ultimate event or result; as, a happy issue of one's labors; the issues of our actions are hidden from us.
  • n. Offspring; progeny; a child or children; descendant or descendants: as, he had issue a son; issue of the whole or of the half blood.
  • n. Produce or proceeds; yield, as of land or other possessions: as, the issues, rents, and profits of an estate.
  • n. The act of sending or giving out; a putting or giving forth; promulgation; delivery; emission: as, the issue of commands by an officer, or of rations to troops; the issue of a book, or of bank-notes.
  • n. That which is sent out, promulgated, or delivered; the quantity sent forth at one time, or within a certain period: as, a large issue of bank-notes; the daily issues of a newspaper.
  • n. A matter of which the result is to be decided; that which is to be determined by trial or contention; a conclusion held in abeyance for consideration or debate; a choice between alternatives: as, the issues of the day; a dead issue.
  • n. In law: The close or result of pleadings in a suit, by the presentation of a controverted point to be determined by trial. It is either an issue of law, to be determined by the court, or of fact, to be determined by a jury or by the court.
  • n. The controversy on any material fact, affirmed on one side and denied on the other, in a trial.
  • n. The sending out or authoritative delivery of a document: as, the issue of execution.
  • n. In dispute; under discussion.
  • n. Specifically, in law, the condition of a cause when the point in controversy has been arrived at by pleading.
  • n. Progeny, etc. See offspring.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make out and issue
  • n. some situation or event that is thought about
  • n. supplies (as food or clothing or ammunition) issued by the government
  • n. one of a series published periodically
  • n. a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon
  • n. the act of issuing printed materials
  • v. come out of
  • n. an important question that is in dispute and must be settled
  • n. the becoming visible
  • v. prepare and issue for public distribution or sale
  • v. bring out an official document (such as a warrant)
  • n. the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property
  • v. circulate or distribute or equip with
  • n. the immediate descendants of a person
  • n. an opening that permits escape or release
  • n. the act of providing an item for general use or for official purposes (usually in quantity)

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French eissue, issue, from Vulgar Latin *exūta, alteration of Latin exita, feminine past participle of exīre, to go out : ex-, ex- + īre, to go.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French issue, eissue ("a way out or exit"), feminine past participle of issir, itself from Latin exeō ("go out"), from prefix ex- ("out of") +  ("go"). (Wiktionary)

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  • "issue" was a "problem" for hundreds of years.
    "issue as a problem", well, there were major issues back in the day. http://goo.gl/WvkMo but minor issues go back to 1739, in that London rag... The Spectator http://goo.gl/HbhcN

    January 10, 2013

  • Note that the words "issue" and "problem" are not synonyms. They have quite different meanings.

    June 27, 2009

  • Dude, you got issues!
    ;-)

    October 9, 2007

  • Why is everything an issue nowadays. Don't we have problems any more? Will textbooks soon have a section at the end of each chapter labeled Issues. Will people someday be saying, "I never could do word issues in algebra"?

    October 9, 2007

  • In the rare/antique book trade: a copy of an edition that has been slightly changed, such as for correction of a misprint. Sometimes used interchangeably with state, although the latter refers to a change other than a correction of a misprint.

    February 22, 2007