American English

Definition of problem noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1 a thing that is difficult to deal with or to understand big/major/serious problems health/family, etc. problems financial/practical/technical problems to address/tackle/solve a problem to fix a problem the problem of drug abuse If he chooses Mary, it's bound to cause problems. Let me know if you have any problems. Most students face the problem of supporting themselves while they are studying. The problem first arose in 2008. Unemployment is a very real problem for graduates now. It's a nice table.The only problem is (that) it's too big for our room. Stop worrying about their marriage—it isn't your problem. There's no history of heart problems (= disease connected with the heart) in our family.
  2. 2 a question that can be answered by using logical thought or mathematics mathematical problems to find the answer to the problem The teacher gave us 50 problems to do.
  3. Idioms
    have a problem with something
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    to disagree with or object to something I have no problem with you working at home tomorrow. (informal) We are going to do this my way.Do you have a problem with that? (= showing that you are impatient with the person to whom you are speaking)
    it's/that's not my problem (informal)
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    used to show that you do not care about someone else's difficulties If they can't afford to go, that's not my problem.
      no problem (informal)
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    1. 1(also not a problem) used to show that you are happy to help someone or that something will be easy to do “Can I pay by credit card?” “Yes, no problem.”
    2. 2used after someone has thanked you or said they are sorry for something “Thanks for the ride.” “No problem.”
    that's her/his/their/your problem (informal)
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    used to show that you think a person should deal with their own difficulties “My parents will be furious!” “That's your problem.”
    what's your problem? (informal)
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    used to show that you think someone is being unreasonable What's your problem? I only asked if you could help me for ten minutes.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: problem