Definition of issue noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɪʃuː//
    , also BrE//ˈɪsjuː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪʃuː//
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    topic of discussion
  1. 1  [countable] an important topic that people are discussing or arguing about a key/sensitive/controversial issue This is a big issue; we need more time to think about it. She usually writes about environmental issues. The union plans to raise the issue of overtime. The party was divided on this issue. You're just avoiding the issue. Don't confuse the issue.
  2. problem/worry
  3. 2  [countable] a problem or worry that somebody has with something Money is not an issue. I don't think my private life is the issue here. I'm not bothered about the cost—you're the one who's making an issue of it. Because I grew up in a dysfunctional family, anger is a big issue for me. She's always on a diet—she has issues about food. He still has some issues with women (= has problems dealing with them). If you have any issues, please call this number.
  4. magazine/newspaper
  5. 3  [countable] one of a regular series of magazines or newspapers the July issue of ‘What Car?’ The article appeared in issue 25.
  6. of stamps/coins/shares
  7. 4[countable] a number or set of things that are supplied and made available at the same time The company is planning a new share issue. a special issue of stamps
  8. making available/known
  9. 5[uncountable] the act of supplying or making available things for people to buy or use I bought a set of the new stamps on the date of issue. the issue of blankets to the refugees the issue of a joint statement by the French and German foreign ministers see also standard issue
  10. children
  11. 6[uncountable] (law) children of your own He died without issue.
  12. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘outflowing’): from Old French, based on Latin exitus, past participle of exire ‘go out’.Extra examples A number of issues are affecting the dairy industry. A referendum was held to settle the issue. Europe remains the burning issue within the party. I’m not worried about the cost—you’re the one who’s making an issue of it. Security has become a real issue. She spoke on the issue of private health care. The conference examined key issues relating to the reform. The issue of birth control was touched on, but we need to examine it in more detail. The problem raises wider issues of gender and identity. The real issue is where the power lies. The report highlights three issues. The strike of ten years ago is still very much a live issue in the town. This argument should not be allowed to confuse the issue. This evening we’re debating the issue of the legalization of soft drugs. We really need to focus on this one issue and not get sidetracked. What you say is interesting, but it does not affect the point at issue here. an article in the current issue of ‘Newsweek’ fundamental issues about working conditions issues arising from the survey issues concerning the environment the controversial issue of censorship Don’t confuse the issue. I don’t think my private life is the issue here. I’m after the July issue of ‘What Car?’. Money is not an issue. She’s always on a diet—she has issues about/​with food. You’re just avoiding the issue. the issue of a joint statement by the French and German governmentsIdioms to be the most important part of the subject that is being discussed What is at issue is whether she was responsible for her actions. to do something to make people take a decision quickly
    take issue with somebody (about/on/over something)
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    (formal) to start disagreeing or arguing with somebody about something I must take issue with you on that point.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: issue