is|sue1 [ˈıʃu:, ˈısju: US ˈıʃu:] n
3 take issue with somebody/something
4 make an issue (out) of something
5 have issues (with somebody/something)
6 at issue
7¦(act of giving something)¦
8¦(set of things for sale)¦
9 die without issue
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: issir 'to come out, go out', from Latin exire, from ire 'to go']
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 people
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.
2.) ¦(MAGAZINE)¦
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?
3.) take issue with sb/sth
to disagree or argue with someone about something
It is difficult to take issue with his analysis.
take issue with sb over sth
I must take issue with you over what you said yesterday.
4.) make an issue (out) of sth
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.
5.) have issues (with sb/sth) informal
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.
6.) 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.
7.) ¦(ACT OF GIVING SOMETHING)¦ [singular]
the act of officially giving people something to use
the issue of identity cards to all non-residents
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
9.) die without issue
old use to die without having any children
COLLOCATES for sense 1
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)
issue 2
issue2 W2 v [T]
1.) to officially make a statement, give an order, warning etc
Silva issued a statement denying all knowledge of the affair.
a warning issued by the Surgeon General
2.) if an organization or someone in an official position issues something such as documents or equipment, they give these things to people who need them
issue a passport/permit/visa etc
The US State department issues millions of passports each year.
issue sb with sth
All the workers were issued with protective clothing.
issue sth to sb
The policy document will be issued to all employees.
3.) to officially produce something such as new stamps, coins, or ↑shares and make them available to buy
issue forth phr v
if something issues forth, it comes out of a place or thing
issue forth from
A low grunt issued forth from his throat.
issue from [issue from sth] phr v
if something issues from a place or thing, it comes out of it
Smoke issued from the factory chimneys.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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