issues; issued; issuing

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.

Definitions of issue
  1. noun
    some situation or event that is thought about
    synonyms: matter, subject, topic
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    a subject of study
    blind spot
    a subject about which you are ignorant or prejudiced and fail to exercise good judgment
    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
    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
  2. noun
    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
    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
  3. noun
    one of a series published periodically
    “she found an old issue of the magazine in her dentist's waiting room”
    synonyms: number
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    an issue of a newspaper
    an additional edition of a newspaper (usually to report a crisis)
    type of:
    a publication that appears at fixed intervals
  4. noun
    the act of issuing printed materials
    synonyms: publication
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    type of:
    the business of producing printed material for sale or distribution
  5. verb
    prepare and issue for public distribution or sale
    synonyms: bring out, publish, put out, release
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    supervise the publication of
    type of:
    air, bare, publicise, publicize
    make public
  6. verb
    bring out an official document (such as a warrant)
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    type of:
    communicate, intercommunicate
    transmit thoughts or feelings
  7. noun
    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
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    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
  8. noun
    supplies (as food or clothing or ammunition) issued by the government
    synonyms: government issue, military issue
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    type of:
    fund, stock, store
    a supply of something available for future use
  9. verb
    circulate or distribute or equip with
    issue a new uniform to the children”
    synonyms: supply
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    make unavailable; bar from sale or distribution
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    free, release, unblock, unfreeze
    make (assets) available
    issue (a new version of)
    free, release
    make (information) available for publication
    lift the restriction on and make available again
    type of:
    make available
  10. verb
    make out and issue
    synonyms: cut, make out, write out
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    write out a check on a bank account
    type of:
    communicate or express by writing
  11. noun
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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)
    the consequence of an effort or activity
    impact, wallop
    a forceful consequence; a strong effect
    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
    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
    a result
    fallout, side effect
    any adverse and unwanted secondary effect
    (economics) any indirect effect of public expenditure
    (physics) a secondary influence on a system that causes it to deviate slightly
    a means of exerting influence or gaining advantage
    a tendency or force that influences events
    a response that reveals a person's feelings or attitude
    a secondary phenomenon that is a by-product of another phenomenon
    depolarisation, depolarization
    a loss of polarity or polarization
    type of:
    any state or process known through the senses rather than by intuition or reasoning
  12. noun
    the becoming visible
    synonyms: egress, emergence
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    the emergence of a tooth as it breaks through the gum
    the emergence of seeds as seed pods burst open when they are ripe
    type of:
    the event consisting of the start of something
  13. noun
    the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property
    synonyms: payoff, proceeds, return, take, takings, yield
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    economic rent, rent
    the return derived from cultivated land in excess of that derived from the poorest land cultivated under similar conditions
    financial return or reward (especially returns equal to the initial investment)
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    the financial gain (earned or unearned) accruing over a given period of time
  14. noun
    the immediate descendants of a person
    “he died without issue
    synonyms: offspring, progeny
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    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
    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
    a female grandchild
    a male grandchild
    great grandchild
    a child of your grandson or granddaughter
    male offspring, man-child
    a child who is male
    a child of your spouse by a former marriage
    type of:
    relation, relative
    a person related by blood or marriage
  15. noun
    an opening that permits escape or release
    “the canyon had only one issue
    synonyms: exit, outlet, way out
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    the outlet of a river or drain or other source of water
    type of:
    a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made
  16. verb
    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
    issue or emerge in rays or waves
    enter or escape as through a hole or crack or fissure
    issue or leak, as from a small opening
    come out; issue
    pass out or emerge; especially of rivers
    come out, fall out
    come off
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