Meaning of PROBLEM in English


Pronunciation: ' prä-bl ə m, -b ə m, - ˌ blem

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English probleme, from Latin problema, from Greek probl ē ma, literally, obstacle, from proballein to throw forward, from pro- forward + ballein to throw ― more at PRO- , DEVIL

Date: 14th century

1 a : a question raised for inquiry, consideration, or solution b : a proposition in mathematics or physics stating something to be done

2 a : an intricate unsettled question b : a source of perplexity, distress, or vexation c : difficulty in understanding or accepting <I have a problem with your saying that>

synonyms see MYSTERY

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