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Issue appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • A race made us sing: "I’d no cross, arch, crass or condign issue, Dame Cara".
  • But as God lived to bore us silly, did a mad idyll issue robot devil-dogs a tub?
  • Draw no rosy awe-distorting issue damsels in isles made us sign – I trot sideways or onward.
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Usage statistics for the noun issue:

spoken English40.85%written English59.15% conversational speech3.06%task-oriented speech96.94% imaginative writing6.01%informational writing93.99%
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The word issue and its family (issued, issues, issuing) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun issue

What does issue mean as a name of something?

Issue is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: issues

  1. an important question that is in dispute and must be settled
  2. one of a series published periodically
    • example: she found an old issue of the magazine in her dentist's waiting room
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of issue: number
    • more generic word: periodical = a publication that appears at fixed intervals
    • more specific word: edition = an issue of a newspaper
    • member of: serial / serial publication / series = a periodical that appears at scheduled times
  3. some situation or event that is thought about
  4. the act of providing an item for general use or for official purposes (usually in quantity)
    • examples: a new issue of stamps | the last issue of penicillin was over a month ago
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of issue: issuance / issuing
    • more generic words: provision / supply / supplying = the activity of supplying or providing something
    • more specific term: stock issue = the authorization and delivery of shares of stock for sale to the public or the shares thus offered at a particular time
  5. supplies (as food or clothing or ammunition) issued by the government
  6. the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • synonyms of issue: payoff / proceeds / return / take / takings / yield
    • more generic word: income = the financial gain (earned or unearned) accruing over a given period of time
    • more specific terms:
      • economic rent / rent = the return derived from cultivated land in excess of that derived from the poorest land cultivated under similar conditions
      • payback = financial return or reward
  7. a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon
    • lexical domain: Natural Phenomena - nouns denoting natural phenomena
    • synonyms of issue: consequence / effect / event / outcome / result / upshot
    • more generic word: phenomenon = any state or process known through the senses rather than by intuition or reasoning
    • more specific terms:
      • materialisation / materialization / offspring = something that comes into existence as a result
      • aftereffect = any result that follows its cause after an interval
      • aftermath / backwash / wake = the consequences of an event
      • bandwagon effect = the phenomenon of a popular trend attracting even greater popularity
      • brisance = the shattering or crushing effect of a sudden release of energy as in an explosion
      • butterfly effect = the phenomenon whereby a small change at one place in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere, e.g., a butterfly flapping its wings in Rio de Janeiro might change the weather in Chicago
      • by-product / byproduct = a secondary and sometimes unexpected consequence
      • change = the result of alteration or modification
      • coattails effect = the consequence of one popular candidate in an election drawing votes for other members of the same political party
      • Coriolis effect = an effect whereby a body moving in a rotating frame of reference experiences the Coriolis force acting perpendicular to the direction of motion and to the axis of rotation
      • dent = an appreciable consequence
      • domino effect = the consequence of one event setting off a chain of similar events
      • harvest = the consequence of an effort or activity
      • impact / wallop = a forceful consequence
      • influence = the effect of one thing (or person) on another
      • knock-on effect = a secondary or incidental effect
      • outgrowth / offshoot / branch / offset = a natural consequence of development
      • product = a consequence of someone's efforts or of a particular set of circumstances
      • placebo effect = any effect that seems to be a consequence of administering a placebo; the change is usually beneficial and is assumed result from the person's faith in the treatment or preconceptions about what the experimental drug was supposed to do
      • position effect = the effect on the expression of a gene that is produced by changing its location in a chromosome
      • reverberation / repercussion = a remote or indirect consequence of some action
      • response = a result
      • side effect / fallout = any adverse and unwanted secondary effect
      • spillover = any indirect effect of public expenditure
  8. the immediate descendants of a person
  9. the becoming visible
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonyms of issue: egress / emergence
    • more generic word: beginning = the event consisting of the start of something
    • more specific words:
      • eruption = the emergence of a tooth as it breaks through the gum
      • dissilience = the emergence of seeds as seed pods burst open when they are ripe
  10. an opening that permits escape or release
    • example: the canyon had only one issue
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of issue: exit / outlet / way out
    • more generic word: opening = a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made
    • more specific word: outfall = the outlet of a river or drain or other source of water
  11. the act of issuing printed materials
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of issue: publication
    • more generic word: printing = the business of producing printed material for sale or distribution

Alternative definition of the noun issue


  1. The act of passing or flowing out; a moving out from any enclosed place; egress; as, the issue of water from a pipe, of blood from a wound, of air from a bellows, of people from a house.
  2. The act of sending out, or causing to go forth; delivery; issuance; as, the issue of an order from a commanding officer; the issue of money from a treasury.
  3. That which passes, flows, or is sent out; the whole quantity sent forth or emitted at one time; as, an issue of bank notes; the daily issue of a newspaper.
  4. Progeny; a child or children; offspring. In law, sometimes, in a general sense, all persons descended from a common ancestor; all lineal descendants.
  5. Produce of the earth, or profits of land, tenements, or other property; as, A conveyed to B all his right for a term of years, with all the issues, rents, and profits.
  6. A discharge of flux, as of blood. Matt. ix. 20.
  7. [medicine] An artificial ulcer, usually made in the fleshy part of the arm or leg, to produce the secretion and discharge of pus for the relief of some affected part.
  8. The final outcome or result; upshot; conclusion; event; hence, contest; test; trial.
  9. A point in debate or controversy on which the parties take affirmative and negative positions; a presentation of alternatives between which to choose or decide.
  10. [legal] In pleading, a single material point of law or fact depending in the suit, which, being affirmed on the one side and denied on the other, is presented for determination. At issue, in controversy; disputed; opposing or contesting; hence, at variance; disagreeing; inconsistent.
  11. [finance] A financial instrument in a company, such as a bond, stock or other security; the emission of such an instrument.
  12. [euphemistic] A problem or concern, usually of a mental nature.


  1. A Monacan Indian; a member of a Mestee group originating in Amherst County, Virginia.

Specialised definition of the noun issue

Glossary of finance / investment

An issue refers to bonds or stocks that are offered by government agencies and businesses for sale.

  • note: The goal is to raise capital for growth, expansion, payments to suppliers, or normal operations.

Definition of the verb issue

What does issue mean as a doing word?

Issue is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: issued | issuing | issues

  1. prepare and issue for public distribution or sale
  2. circulate or distribute or equip with
    • examples: issue a new uniform to the children | They issue the money to them | They issue them the money
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] with [Theme]Brown presented Jones with a plaqueVerbs of Change of Possession: leave, present, trust
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]Brown presented the plaque
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Recipient]Brown presented a plaque to Jones | They lent a bicycle to me | We contributed our paycheck to her
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Theme]I promised somebody my timeVerbs of Change of Possession: advance, allocate, allot, apportion, assign, award, bequeath, cede, concede, extend, grant, guarantee, leave, offer, owe, portion, promise, ration, vote, will, yield
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]I promised my house (to somebody)
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] for [Recipient]The House allocated more than $1.8 million for the pensions and expenses of former presidents
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Recipient]We offered our paycheck to her
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonym of issue: supply
    • antonym of issue: recall
    • more generic word: distribute = make available
    • more specific words:
  3. bring out an official document (such as a warrant)
  4. come out of
  5. make out and issue
    • example: The banks issue the check
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of issue: cut / make out / write out
    • more generic word: write = communicate or express by writing
    • more specific word: check = write out a check on a bank account


"Issue" is a 2005 thriller film written by Gunawan Paggaru and Be Raisuli and directed by Gunawan Paggaru.


  1. Issue: In genealogy and law, issue usually means a person's lineal descendants, natural born children, their children, and so on. These are distinguished from heirs, which can include other kin such as a brother, sister, mother, father, grandfather, uncle, aunt, nephew, niece, or cousin. This definition may be significant with respect to wills and trusts. No issue means to have no natural descendants.
  2. Issue is a South Korean magazine published by Daiwon C.I..
  3. Issue is a musical artist, record producer.
  4. The issue this story appears in.

Phrases with Issue

  1. issue forth
  2. Take Issue with
  3. At issue
  4. to issue
  5. gut issue
  6. hot issue
  7. non-issue
  8. Back Issue
  9. bond issue
  10. side issue
  11. take issue
  12. stock issue
  13. Wedge issue
  14. rights issue
  15. Bank of Issue
  16. to take issue
  17. Valence issue
  18. military issue
  19. Fudge the Issue
  20. paramount issue

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Issue

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Google previewResearch Trends in Geographic Information Science (2009)

by Gerhard Navratil

Open Research Problems From a conceptual standpoint, a first research issue is the modeling and formal definition of spatially...

Google previewReducing Restraint and Restrictive Behavior Management Practices (2015)

by Peter Sturmey

A second ethical issue is the disproportionate use of restraint and seclusion among certain disadvantaged groups...

Google previewSocial Action (2001)

A Teleological Account by Seumas Miller

A discussion of collective moral rights raises a number of important issues.1 One such issue is the claimed existence of supra- individual entities, such as nations and ethnic groups, that possess moral properties, including moral rights, above ...

Google previewAdvances in Case-Based Reasoning (1995)

Second European Workshop, EWCBR-94, Chantilly, France, November 7 - 10, 1994. Selected Papers by Jean-Paul Haton, Mark Keane, Michel Manago

The first issue is the knowledge engineering phase needed for CBRs as well as knowledge-based systems (KBS); the second issue is the integration of different methods of learning into CBRs. We show that we can use a knowledge modelling ...

Google previewThe Metrics of Science and Technology (2000)

by Eliezer Geisler

A second key issue is the complexity and diversity of the S&T process. It leads primarily to gaps and delays among the various stages and ...

Google previewSocial Welfare with Indigenous Peoples (2002)

by Professor John Dixon, Robert P. Scheurell

A second issue is that programme fragmentation leads to interminable inter- governmental and interdepartmental debates about where responsibilities for servicing Aboriginal people lie. A third issue is that Aboriginal communities find ...

Google previewThe Making of a Mixed Language (2003)

The Case of Ma'a/Mbugu by Maarten Mous

The first issue is that of the nature of the historical developments and in particular the role of conscious lexical manipulation in the emergence of Ma'á; a second issue is the question of the need to postulate a language shift. Another option is ...

Google previewHandbook of Macroeconomics (1999)

by John B. Taylor, Michael Woodford

where X, is the time-varying habit or subsistence level, the first issue is the functional form for [/(.). Abel (1990, 1999) has proposed that U(-) should be a power function of the ratio C,/Xt, while Boldrin ...

Google previewHandbook of the Economics of Finance (2003)

by George M. Constantinides, Milton Harris, René M. Stulz

where X, is the time-varying habit or subsistence level, the first issue is the functional form for [/(•). Abel (1990, 1999) has proposed that [/(•) should be a power function of the ratio C,/X,, while Boldrin, ...

Google previewReligion and Politics in South Asia (2010)

by Ali Riaz

The first issue is the conflict over the identity of the Pakistani state: can it ever be a secular, democratic state if,

The second issue is the inability of the Islamist political parties to win elections and take power via the democratic process.

Google previewStability and Growth in Europe (2003)

Towards a Better Pact by Antonio Fatás, Jürgen von Hagen, Andrew Hughes Hallett

The first important issue is the effectiveness of the SGP. The question is whether the improvement and deterioration of the nominal debt and deficit ratios are mainly the product of economic fluctuations or the degree of fiscal discipline induced ...

Google previewOutlooks and Insights on Group Decision and Negotiation (2015)

15th International Conference, GDN 2015, Warsaw, Poland, June 22-26, 2015, Proceedings by Bogumił Kamiński, Gregory Kersten, Tomasz Szapiro

The first issue is that manipulation of an SCF is conditional to the way individuals compare sets, or put differently, to the...

Google previewThe Emergence of Phonology (2013)

Whole-word Approaches and Cross-linguistic Evidence by Marilyn M. Vihman, Tamar Keren-Portnoy

The first issue is the relationship between language structure and language function, namely, communication for the purposes of social interaction (see Clark 1996; Keller 1994). The hypothesis that we propose, following many others, is that ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Corporate Reputation (2016)

by Craig E. Carroll

Through continually communicating its owned issues, the company must gain issue prominence and enhance the correlation between the recognized issues and itself. Then, in a crisis, the company must remind the public of previously owned ...

Google previewBouvier's Law Dictionary and Concise Encyclopedia (1914)

by John Bouvier, Francis Rawle

A collateral issue is one framed upon some matter not directly In the line of the pleadings; as, for example, upon the identity of one who pleads diversity in bar of execution. 4 Bla. Com. 396. A common issue is that which Is formed upon the plea ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Saarc Nations (2002)

by M.H. Syed

While domestic issues may not always have diplomatic implication, every foreign policy issue is essentially a matter of domestic concern either as cause or effect or as both. National interest is as much central to diplomacy as power to politics.

Google previewInternational Dictionary of Banking and Finance (2013)

by John Clark

scrip issue Practice of issuing extra shares to existing shareholders free of charge. This is done by transferring reserves into ...

Google previewThe Asia-Pacific Security Lexicon (2002)

by David H. Capie, Paul M. Evans

Sometimes also called single- issue multilateralism, the term was used by Robert Scalapino to describe collaborative mechanisms ...

Google previewPresidential Campaigns, Slogans, Issues, and Platforms: The Complete Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition [3 volumes] (2012)

The Complete Encyclopedia by Robert North Roberts, Scott John Hammond, Valerie A. Sulfaro

Health care policy has been a perennial political issue in the United States in one form or another. Its scope is broad, including disease detection and prevention, federally funded medical research, food and drug safety, and health insurance.

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, Etc. : Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

* issue. n.s. (issue, Fr.) 1. The aët of pass. ing out. 4. Exit; egress; or passage out-Unto the Lord belong the issues from death. Psahns. —Let us examine what bodies touch a moveable whilst in motion, as the only means to find an §: out of ...

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Usage statistics about issue

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Usage statistics for the noun issue:

spoken English40.85%written English59.15% conversational speech3.06%task-oriented speech96.94% imaginative writing6.01%informational writing93.99%

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb issue:


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However, I keep reminding them that this issue is not a new issue that has come out for this election. This issue has been in the courts for two years and two months now. (Sibel Edmonds)
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Scrabble value of I1S1S1U1E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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