see also: Issue
  • (RP) enPR ĭsyo͞o, IPA: /ˈɪsjuː/, /ˈɪʃ(j)uː/
  • (GA) enPR: ĭsh(y)o͞o, IPA: /ˈɪʃ(j)u/

issue (plural issues)

  1. The action or an instance of flowing or coming out, an outflow, particularly:
    1. (military, obsolete) A movement of soldiers towards an enemy, a sortie.
    2. (medical) The outflow of a bodily fluid, particularly (now rare) in abnormal amounts.
      The technique minimizes the issue of blood from the incision.
      • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Matthew 9:20 ↗:
        And behold, a woman which was diseased with an issue of blood twelue yeeres, came behinde him [Jesus], and touched the hemme of his garment.
  2. Someone or something that flows out or comes out, particularly:
    1. (medical, now rare) The bodily fluid drained through a natural or artificial issue.
      • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Ezekiel 23:20 ↗:
        For she doted upon their paramours, whose flesh is as the flesh of asses, and whose issue is like the issue of horses.
    2. (now usually historical or law) Offspring: one's natural child or children.
      He died intestate and without issue, so the extended family have all lawyered up.
    3. (figuratively) Progeny: all one's lineal descendants.
      Although his own kingdom disappeared, his issue went on to rule a quarter of Europe.
    4. (figuratively, obsolete) A race of people considered as the descendants of some common ancestor.
    5. (now rare) The produce or income derived from farmland or rental properties.
      3. A conveys to B all right to the real property aforementioned for a term of _ years, with all said real property's attendant issues, rents, and profits.
    6. (historical or rare law) Income derived from fines levied by a court or law-enforcement officer; the fines themselves.
    7. (obsolete) The entrails of a slaughtered animal.
    8. (rare and obsolete) Any action or deed performed by a person.
    9. (obsolete) Luck considered as the favor or disfavor of nature, the gods, or God.
    10. (publishing) A single edition of a newspaper or other periodical publication.
      Yeah, I just got the June issue of Wombatboy.
    11. The entire set of some item printed and disseminated during a certain period, particularly (publishing) a single printing of a particular edition of a work when contrasted with other print runs.
      The May 1918 issue of US 24-cent stamps became famous when a printer's error inverted its depiction of an airmail plane.
    12. (figuratively, originally WWI military slang, usually with definite article) The entire set of something; all of something.
      The bloody sergeant snaffled our whole issue of booze, dammit.
    13. (finance) Any financial instrument issued by a company.
      The company's issues have included bonds, stocks, and other securities.
    14. The loan of a book etc. from a library to a patron; all such loans by a given library during a given period.
  3. The means or opportunity by which something flows or comes out, particularly:
    1. (obsolete) A sewer.
  4. The place where something flows or comes out, an outlet, particularly:
    1. (obsolete) An exit from a room or building.
      • 1881, Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque:
        How if there were no centre at all, but just one alley after another, and the whole world a labyrinth without end or issue?
    2. (now rare) A confluence: the mouth of a river; the outlet of a lake or other body of water.
  5. The action or an instance of sending something out, particularly:
    The issue of the directive from the treasury prompted the central bank's most recent issue of currency.
    1. (historical medicine) A small incision, tear, or artificial ulcer, used to drain fluid and usually held open with a pea or other small object.
      • 2005, James Harold Kirkup, The Evolution of Surgical Instruments, Ch. xxv, p. 403:
        Issues and fontanels were supposed remedies for joint diseases, pulmonary tuberculosis, and other chronic conditions.
    2. The production or distribution of something for general use.
      Congress delegated the issue of US currency to the Federal Reserve in 1913.
    3. The distribution of something (particularly rations or standardized provisions) to someone or some group.
      The uniform was standard prison issue.
    4. (finance) The action or an instance of a company selling bonds, stock, or other securities.
      The company's stock issue diluted his ownership.
  6. Any question or situation to be resolved, particularly:
    Please stand by. We are having technical issues.
    1. (law) A point of law or fact in dispute or question in a legal action presented for resolution by the court.
      The issue before the court is whether participation in a group blog makes the plaintiff a public figure under the relevant statute.
    2. (figuratively) Anything in dispute, an area of disagreement whose resolution is being debated or decided.
      For chrissakes, John, don't make an issue out of it. Just sleep on the floor if you want.
    3. (rare and obsolete) A dispute between two alternatives, a dilemma.
    4. (US, originally psychology, usually, in the plural) A psychological or emotional difficulty, (now informal, figurative and usually euphemistic) any problem or concern considered as a vague and intractable difficulty.
      She has daddy issues, mommy issues, drug issues, money issues, trust issues, printer issues... I'm just sayin', girl's got issues.
  7. The action or an instance of concluding something, particularly:
    1. (obsolete) The end of any action or process.
    2. (obsolete) The end of any period of time.
  8. The end result of an event or events, any result or outcome, particularly:
    1. (now rare) The result of a discussion or negotiation, an agreement.
    2. (obsolete) The result of an investigation or consideration, a conclusion.
  9. (figurative, now rare) The action or an instance of feeling some emotion.
  10. (figurative, now rare) The action or an instance of leaving any state or condition.
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issue (issues, present participle issuing; past and past participle issued)

  1. To flow out, to proceed from, to come out or from.
    The water issued forth from the spring.
    The rents issuing from the land permitted him to live as a man of independent means.
    • Bible, 2 Kings, xx. 18
      ...thy sons that shall issue from thee...
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter IV
      There was a very light off-shore wind and scarcely any breakers, so that the approach to the shore was continued without finding bottom; yet though we were already quite close, we saw no indication of any indention in the coast from which even a tiny brooklet might issue, and certainly no mouth of a large river such as this must necessarily be to freshen the ocean even two hundred yards from shore.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses Episode 12, The Cyclops
      A powerful current of warm breath issued at regular intervals from the profound cavity of his mouth while in rhythmic resonance the loud strong hale reverberations of his formidable heart thundered rumblingly...
  2. To rush out, to sally forth.
    The men issued from the town and attacked the besiegers.
  3. To extend into, to open onto.
    The road issues into the highway.
  4. To turn out in a certain way, to result in.
    • 2007, John Burrow, A History of Histories, Penguin 2009, p. 171:
      But, for Livy, Roman patriotism is overriding, and this issues, of course, in an antiquarian attention to the city's origins.
  5. (legal) To come to a point in fact or law on which the parties join issue.
  6. To send out; to put into circulation.
    The Federal Reserve issues US dollars.
  7. To deliver for use.
    The prison issued new uniforms for the inmates.
  8. To deliver by authority.
    The court issued a writ of mandamus.
    • 2014, Paul Doyle, "Southampton hammer eight past hapless Sunderland in barmy encounter ↗", The Guardian, 18 October 2014:
      Five minutes later, Southampton tried to mount their first attack, but Wickham sabotaged the move by tripping the rampaging Nathaniel Clyne, prompting the referee, Andre Marriner, to issue a yellow card. That was a lone blemish on an otherwise tidy start by Poyet’s team – until, that is, the 12th minute, when Vergini produced a candidate for the most ludicrous own goal in Premier League history.
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issue (plural issues)

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

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