Definition of


  1. (noun, cognition) an important question that is in dispute and must be settled
    politicians never discuss the real issues
  2. (noun, communication) one of a series published periodically
  3. (noun, cognition) some situation or event that is thought about
    he had been thinking about the subject for several years
    it is a matter for the police
  4. (noun, act) the act of providing an item for general use or for official purposes (usually in quantity)
    the last issue of penicillin was over a month ago
  5. (noun, possession) supplies (as food or clothing or ammunition) issued by the government
  6. (noun, possession) the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property
  7. (noun, phenomenon) a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon
    his decision had depressing consequences for business
    he acted very wise after the event
  8. (noun, person) the immediate descendants of a person
    he died without issue
  9. (noun, event) the becoming visible
  10. (noun, artifact) an opening that permits escape or release
    the canyon had only one issue
  11. (noun, act) the act of issuing printed materials
  12. (verb, communication) prepare and issue for public distribution or sale
  13. (verb, social) circulate or distribute or equip with
    supply blankets for the beds
  14. (verb, communication) bring out an official document (such as a warrant)
  15. (verb, change) come out of
    The words seemed to come out by themselves
  16. (verb, communication) make out and issue
    cut a ticket
    Please make the check out to me

via WordNet, Princeton University

Antonyms of Issue


Origin of the word Issue

  1. c.1300, from O.Fr. issue "a way out, exit," from fem. pp. of issir "to go out," from L. exire, from ex- "out" + ire "to go," from PIE base *ei- "to go" (see ion). Meaning "discharge of blood or other fluid from the body" is from 1520s; sense of "offspring" is from late 14c. Meaning "outcome of an action" is attested from late 14c.; lega… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Issue

i.q., iago, ic, icaco, icao, icc, ice, ice age, ice ax, ice axe, ice hockey, ice show, icehouse, icky, icsh, icu, icy, ig, iga, ige, igg, igigi, iguassu, iguazu, iis, ike, iq, isaac, isaiah, ischia, isi, isis, issus, ix, ixc, ixia

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