Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: issir 'to come out, go out', from Latin exire, from ire 'to go'


1 noun


[countable] a subject or problem that is often discussed or argued about, especially a social or political matter that affects the interests of a lot of peopleCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
the issue of something raise an issue (=say that an issue should be discussed) address an issue (=discuss or deal with an issue) resolve an issue avoid/dodge/duck/evade an issue (=avoid discussing an issue) confuse/cloud an issue (=make an issue more difficult by talking about things not related to it) important/key/major/big issue thorny/vexed issue (=difficult issue) complex issue sensitive issue political/social/economic/environmental issues something is not the issue spoken (=used to say that something is not the important part of what you are discussing)
Abortion is a highly controversial issue.
We should raise the issue of discrimination with the council.
Dillon addressed the issue of child abuse in his speech.
How the issue is resolved is crucial.
When asked about the bill, the senator tried to duck the issue.
They're clouding the issue with uninformed judgements.
The key issue is whether workers should be classified as 'employees'.
the thorny issue of creating a single European currency
Economic issues should get more attention.
Unemployment is not the issue - the real problem is the decline in public morality.


[countable]TCN a magazine or newspaper printed for a particular day, week, or month
issue of
the January issue of Newsweek
the current/latest issue
Have you seen the latest issue?

take issue with somebody/something

to disagree or argue with someone about something:
It is difficult to take issue with his analysis.
take issue with somebody over something
I must take issue with you over what you said yesterday.

make an issue (out) of something

to argue about something, especially in a way that annoys other people because they do not think it is important:
I was upset by Eleanor's remarks, but didn't make an issue of it.

have issues (with somebody/something)

a) to have problems dealing with something because of something that happened in the past:
There's a self-help group for people who have issues with money.
b) if you have issues with someone or something, you do not agree with or approve of them:
I have a few issues with Marc.

at issue

formal the problem or subject at issue is the most important part of what you are discussing or considering:
At issue here is the extent to which exam results reflect a student's ability.

act of giving something

[singular] the act of officially giving people something to use:
the issue of identity cards to all non-residents

set of things for sale

[countable] a new set of something such as shares or stamps, made available for people to buy:
We launched the share issue on March 1.
a new issue of bonds

die without issue

old useSC to die without having any children