issue Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun an important question that is in dispute and must be settled
    • the issue could be settled by requiring public education for everyone
    • politicians never discuss the real issues
  2. noun one of a series published periodically
    • she found an old issue of the magazine in her dentist's waiting room
  3. noun some situation or event that is thought about
    topic; matter; subject.
    • he kept drifting off the topic
    • he had been thinking about the subject for several years
    • it is a matter for the police
  4. noun the act of providing an item for general use or for official purposes (usually in quantity)
    issuing; issuance.
    • a new issue of stamps
    • the last issue of penicillin was over a month ago
  5. noun supplies (as food or clothing or ammunition) issued by the government
    government issue; military issue.
  6. noun the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property
    return; yield; takings; take; proceeds; payoff.
    • the average return was about 5%
  7. noun a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon
    effect; result; consequence; upshot; outcome; event.
    • the magnetic effect was greater when the rod was lengthwise
    • his decision had depressing consequences for business
    • he acted very wise after the event
  8. noun the immediate descendants of a person
    progeny; offspring.
    • she was the mother of many offspring
    • he died without issue
  9. noun the becoming visible
    emergence; egress.
    • not a day's difference between the emergence of the andrenas and the opening of the willow catkins
  10. noun an opening that permits escape or release
    way out; exit; outlet.
    • he blocked the way out
    • the canyon had only one issue
  11. noun the act of issuing printed materials
  12. verb prepare and issue for public distribution or sale
    bring out; release; put out; publish.
    • publish a magazine or newspaper
  13. verb circulate or distribute or equip with
    • issue a new uniform to the children
    • supply blankets for the beds
  14. verb bring out an official document (such as a warrant)
  15. verb come out of
    emerge; egress; go forth; come out; come forth.
    • Water issued from the hole in the wall
    • The words seemed to come out by themselves
  16. verb make out and issue
    cut; make out; write out.
    • write out a check
    • cut a ticket
    • Please make the check out to me


Is"sue noun
OF. issue, eissue, F. issue, fr. OF. issir, eissir, to go out, L. exire; ex out of, from + ire to go, akin to Gr. , Skr. i., Goth. iddja went, used as prefect of gaggan to go. Cf. Ambition, Count a nobleman, Commence, Errant, Exit, Eyre, Initial, Yede went.
  1. The act of passing or flowing out; a moving out from any inclosed place; egress; as, the issue of water from a pipe, of blood from a wound, of air from a bellows, of people from a house.
  2. The act of sending out, or causing to go forth; delivery; issuance; as, the issue of an order from a commanding officer; the issue of money from a treasury.
  3. That which passes, flows, or is sent out; the whole quantity sent forth or emitted at one time; as, an issue of bank notes; the daily issue of a newspaper.
  4. Progeny; a child or children; offspring. In law, sometimes, in a general sense, all persons descended from a common ancestor; all lineal descendants.
    If the king Should without issue die. Shak.
  5. Produce of the earth, or profits of land, tenements, or other property; as, A conveyed to B all his right for a term of years, with all the issues, rents, and profits.
  6. A discharge of flux, as of blood. Matt. ix. 20.
  7. (Med.) An artificial ulcer, usually made in the fleshy part of the arm or leg, to produce the secretion and discharge of pus for the relief of some affected part.
  8. The final outcome or result; upshot; conclusion; event; hence, contest; test; trial.
    Come forth to view The issue of the exploit. Shak.
    While it is hot, I 'll put it to the issue. Shak.
  9. A point in debate or controversy on which the parties take affirmative and negative positions; a presentation of alternatives between which to choose or decide.
  10. (Law) In pleading, a single material point of law or fact depending in the suit, which, being affirmed on the one side and denied on the other, is presented for determination. See General issue, under General, and Feigned issue, under Feigned. Blount. Cowell.
Is"sue intransitive verb
imperfect & past participle Issued ; present participle & verbal noun Issuing
  1. To pass or flow out; to run out, as from any inclosed place.
    From it issued forced drops of blood. Shak.
  2. To go out; to rush out; to sally forth; as, troops issued from the town, and attacked the besiegers.
  3. To proceed, as from a source; as, water issues from springs; light issues from the sun.
  4. To proceed, as progeny; to be derived; to be descended; to spring.
    Of thy sons that shall issue from thee. 2 Kings xx. 18.
  5. To extend; to pass or open; as, the path issues into the highway.
  6. To be produced as an effect or result; to grow or accrue; to arise; to proceed; as, rents and profits issuing from land, tenements, or a capital stock.
  7. To close; to end; to terminate; to turn out; as, we know not how the cause will issue.
  8. (Law) In pleading, to come to a point in fact or law, on which the parties join issue.
Is"sue transitive verb
  1. To send out; to put into circulation; as, to issue notes from a bank.
  2. To deliver for use; as, to issue provisions.
  3. To send out officially; to deliver by authority; as, to issue an order; to issue a writ.

Webster 1913