(noun, verb)


1. an important question that is in dispute and must be settled

- the issue could be settled by requiring public education for everyone

- politicians never discuss the real issues

Definition categories: thought, content

2. one of a series published periodically

- she found an old issue of the magazine in her dentist's waiting room

Similar word(s): number

Definition categories: communication, periodical

3. some situation or event that is thought about

Similar word(s): matter, subject, topic

Definition categories: thought, content

4. the act of providing an item for general use or for official purposes (usually in quantity)

- a new issue of stamps

- the last issue of penicillin was over a month ago

Similar word(s): issuance, issuing

Definition categories: act, provision, supply, supplying

5. supplies (as food or clothing or ammunition) issued by the government

Definition categories: possession, fund, stock, store

6. the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property

Similar word(s): payoff, proceeds, return, take, takings, yield

Definition categories: possession, income

7. a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon

Similar word(s): consequence, effect, event, outcome, result, upshot

Definition categories: phenomenon

8. the immediate descendants of a person

- he died without issue

Similar word(s): offspring, progeny

Definition categories: person, relation, relative

9. the becoming visible

Similar word(s): egress, emergence

Definition categories: event, beginning

10. an opening that permits escape or release

- the canyon had only one issue

Similar word(s): exit, outlet

Definition categories: man–made, opening

11. the act of issuing printed materials

Similar word(s): publication

Definition categories: act, printing

Sentences with issue as a noun:

- He has issues.

- The July issue of the magazine is in shops now.


1. prepare and issue for public distribution or sale

Similar word(s): publish, release

Definition categories: communication, air, bare, publicise, publicize

2. circulate or distribute or equip with

- issue a new uniform to the children

Similar word(s): supply

Definition categories: social, distribute

3. bring out an official document (such as a warrant)

Definition categories: communication, communicate, intercommunicate

4. come out of

- Water issued from the hole in the wall

Similar word(s): egress, emerge

Definition categories: change

5. make out and issue

Similar word(s): cut

Definition categories: communication, write