Word of the Day: issue

Word of the Day
May 3, 2016
issue (noun, verb)
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Issues of a magazine.
As a noun, an issue is a really important matter that is being discussed or talked about. It can also be a problem, or the result or outcome of something. An issue is also something published and distributed periodically. Somewhat formally and always in the singular, it means children (especially in legal language). As a verb, to issue means 'to publish or distribute' or 'to release something publicly,' such as a statement or apology. It also means 'to go out or emerge.'


Example sentences
This paper addresses a number of issues concerning the philosopher's early work.
The committee is meeting to discuss the issue of vandalism in the children's play area.
The issue of the discussions was whether or not to find a new CEO.
Harry went to the shop to buy the new issue of his favorite magazine.
The old count died without issue, so his title passed to his brother.
The publishing house issued a new edition of the book.
The politician issued an apology for her comments about immigration.
The river issued into the sea.


Multi-word forms
at issue: under discussion. Example: "Please could we stick to the point at issue and not discuss things that are irrelevant."
make an issue of something: turn something into a problem or something to argue about: Example: "I know I forgot your birthday, but do we have to make an issue of it?"
take issue with something: disagree with something strongly. Example: "Several people at the meeting took issue with the mayor's statement that the development would not cause any environmental damage."
bring something to (an) issue (now mainly US): bring something to a point where a decision is ready to be made. Example: "The court brought the case to an issue."
Did you know?
In the UK, The Big Issue is the title of a magazine sold by homeless people in the streets as an alternative to begging (i.e., asking for money). The initiative was set up in 1991, and similar magazines and newspapers exist in other countries around the world.
Other forms
issuer (noun)
Issue dates back to the late 13th or early 14th century and comes from the Middle French and Old French word (e)issu, the past participle of issir, meaning 'to go out' (from the Latin exīre). The verb comes from the Middle English word issuen and is a derivative of the noun.
Issue in other languages
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