issue

One copy of "Celebrities are Cool" magazine is an issue. It is issued, or put out, by the publisher. You and your mother may argue over the issue, or topic, of whether or not you should read it.

The original meaning of the word issue was to put something out. If a celebrity issues a statement or the post office issues new stamps, they put them out for the public. Likewise, an issue is a current topic, sometimes controversial, that is being discussed. Politicians often say they want to talk about the issues (and not their personal lives!). You might hear someone say, "He's got issues" about a person who has some problems, usually emotional ones, but this is a very new use for the word.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: issue

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n
some situation or event that is thought about
2
nv
one of a series published periodically
prepare and issue for public distribution or sale
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nv
the act of providing an item for general use or for official purposes (usually in quantity)
circulate or distribute or equip with
4
n
a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon
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nv
an opening that permits escape or release
come out of
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: issue
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n some situation or event that is thought about

Synonyms:
matter, subject, topic
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area
a subject of study
blind spot
a subject about which you are ignorant or prejudiced and fail to exercise good judgment
remit
the topic that a person, committee, or piece of research is expected to deal with or has authority to deal with
res adjudicata, res judicata
a matter already settled in court; cannot be raised again
gray area, grey area
an intermediate area; a topic that is not clearly one thing or the other
territory
an area of knowledge or interest
Type of:
cognitive content, content, mental object
the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned

n 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
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gut issue, hot-button issue
an issue that elicits strong emotional reactions
paramount issue
an issue whose settlement is more important than anything else; and issue that must be settled before anything else can be settled
bread-and-butter issue, pocketbook issue
an issue whose settlement will affect financial resources
quodlibet
an issue that is presented for formal disputation
Type of:
cognitive content, content, mental object
the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
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n one of a series published periodically

“she found an old issue of the magazine in her dentist's waiting room”
Synonyms:
number
Types:
edition
an issue of a newspaper
extra
an additional edition of a newspaper (usually to report a crisis)
Type of:
periodical
a publication that appears at fixed intervals

n the act of issuing printed materials

Synonyms:
publication
Type of:
printing
the business of producing printed material for sale or distribution

v prepare and issue for public distribution or sale

Synonyms:
bring out, publish, put out, release
Types:
edit
supervise the publication of
Type of:
air, bare, publicise, publicize
make public

v bring out an official document (such as a warrant)

Type of:
communicate, intercommunicate
transmit thoughts or feelings
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n 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”
Synonyms:
issuance, issuing
Types:
stock issue
(corporation law) the authorization and delivery of shares of stock for sale to the public or the shares thus offered at a particular time
Type of:
provision, supply, supplying
the activity of supplying or providing something

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

Synonyms:
government issue, military issue
Type of:
fund, stock, store
a supply of something available for future use

v circulate or distribute or equip with

issue a new uniform to the children”
Synonyms:
supply
Antonyms:
recall
make unavailable; bar from sale or distribution
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free, release, unblock, unfreeze
make (assets) available
reissue
issue (a new version of)
free, release
make (information) available for publication
declassify
lift the restriction on and make available again
Type of:
distribute
make available

v make out and issue

Synonyms:
cut, make out, write out
Types:
check
write out a check on a bank account
Type of:
write
communicate or express by writing
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n a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon

Synonyms:
consequence, effect, event, outcome, result, upshot
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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 (especially a catastrophic 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
(politics) the consequence of one popular candidate in an election drawing votes for other members of the same political party
Coriolis effect
(physics) 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; on Earth the Coriolis effect deflects moving bodies to the right in the northern hemisphere and to the left in the southern hemisphere
dent
an appreciable consequence (especially a lessening)
domino effect
the consequence of one event setting off a chain of similar events (like a falling domino causing a whole row of upended dominos to fall)
harvest
the consequence of an effort or activity
impact, wallop
a forceful consequence; a strong effect
influence
the effect of one thing (or person) on another
knock-on effect
a secondary or incidental effect
branch, offset, offshoot, outgrowth
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; pharmacologists were the first to talk about placebo effects but now the idea has been generalized to many situations having nothing to do with drugs
position effect
(genetics) the effect on the expression of a gene that is produced by changing its location in a chromosome
repercussion, reverberation
a remote or indirect consequence of some action
response
a result
fallout, side effect
any adverse and unwanted secondary effect
spillover
(economics) any indirect effect of public expenditure
perturbation
(physics) a secondary influence on a system that causes it to deviate slightly
purchase
a means of exerting influence or gaining advantage
wind
a tendency or force that influences events
reaction
a response that reveals a person's feelings or attitude
epiphenomenon
a secondary phenomenon that is a by-product of another phenomenon
depolarisation, depolarization
a loss of polarity or polarization
Type of:
phenomenon
any state or process known through the senses rather than by intuition or reasoning

n the becoming visible

Synonyms:
egress, emergence
Types:
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
Type of:
beginning
the event consisting of the start of something

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

Synonyms:
payoff, proceeds, return, take, takings, yield
Types:
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 (especially returns equal to the initial investment)
Type of:
income
the financial gain (earned or unearned) accruing over a given period of time

n the immediate descendants of a person

“he died without issue
Synonyms:
offspring, progeny
Examples:
Esau
(Old Testament) the eldest son of Isaac who would have inherited the covenant that God made with Abraham and that Abraham passed on to Isaac; he traded his birthright to his twin brother Jacob for a mess of pottage
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baby
the youngest member of a group (not necessarily young)
bastard, by-blow, illegitimate, illegitimate child, love child, whoreson
the illegitimate offspring of unmarried parents
child, kid
a human offspring (son or daughter) of any age
eldest, firstborn
the offspring who came first in the order of birth
grandchild
a child of your son or daughter
heir, successor
a person who inherits some title or office
army brat
the child of a career officer of the United States Army
babe, baby, infant
a very young child (birth to 1 year) who has not yet begun to walk or talk
female offspring
a child who is female
granddaughter
a female grandchild
grandson
a male grandchild
great grandchild
a child of your grandson or granddaughter
male offspring, man-child
a child who is male
stepchild
a child of your spouse by a former marriage
Type of:
relation, relative
a person related by blood or marriage
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n an opening that permits escape or release

“the canyon had only one issue
Synonyms:
exit, outlet, way out
Types:
outfall
the outlet of a river or drain or other source of water
Type of:
opening
a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made

v come out of

“Water issued from the hole in the wall”
Synonyms:
come forth, come out, egress, emerge, go forth
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pop out
come out suddenly or forcefully
radiate
issue or emerge in rays or waves
leak
enter or escape as through a hole or crack or fissure
escape
issue or leak, as from a small opening
fall
come out; issue
debouch
pass out or emerge; especially of rivers
come out, fall out
come off
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