What is issue?

  • (noun): Supplies (as food or clothing or ammunition) issued by the government.
    Synonyms: military issue, government issue
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "issue":

  • (noun): The act of issuing printed materials.
    Synonyms: publication
  • (noun): An opening that permits escape or release.
    Example: "The canyon had only one issue"
    Synonyms: exit, outlet, way out
  • (noun): The provision of something by issuing it (usually in quantity).
    Example: "A new issue of stamps"; "the last issue of penicillin was over a month ago"
    Synonyms: issuing, issuance
  • (noun): One of a series published periodically.
    Example: "She found an old issue of the magazine in her dentist's waitingroom"
    Synonyms: number
  • (noun): An important question that is in dispute and must be settled.
    Example: "The issue could be settled by requiring public education for everyone"; "politicians never discuss the real issues"
  • (verb): Bring out an official document (such as a warrant).
  • (noun): The immediate descendants of a person.
    Example: "He died without issue"
    Synonyms: offspring, progeny
  • (verb): Circulate or distribute or equip with.
    Example: "Issue a new uniform to the children"
    Synonyms: supply

Famous quotes containing the word issue:

    We find it easy to set limits when the issue is safety.... But 99 percent of the time there isn’t imminent danger; most of life takes place on more ambiguous ground, and children are experts at detecting ambivalence.
    Cathy Rindner Tempelsman (20th century)

    The sun of her [Great Britain] glory is fast descending to the horizon. Her philosophy has crossed the Channel, her freedom the Atlantic, and herself seems passing to that awful dissolution, whose issue is not given human foresight to scan.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)

    For Banquo’s issue have I filed my mind;
    For them the gracious Duncan have I murdered;
    Put rancors in the vessel of my peace
    Only for them; and mine eternal jewel
    Given to the common enemy of man,
    To make them kings, the seeds of Banquo kings!
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)