American English

Definition of issue noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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 someone 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 a popular food magazine 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
  10. children
  11. 6[uncountable] (law) children of your own He died without issue.
  12. Idioms
    be at issue
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    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.
    force the issue
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    to do something to make people take a decision quickly
    take issue with somebody (about/on/over something) (formal)
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    to start disagreeing or arguing with someone about something I must take issue with you on that point.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: issue