Meaning of ISSUE in English

I. ˈi-(ˌ)shü, chiefly Southern ˈi-shə, chiefly Brit ˈis-(ˌ)yü noun

Etymology: Middle English, exit, proceeds, from Anglo-French, from issir to come out, go out, from Latin exire to go out, from ex- + ire to go; akin to Gothic iddja he went, Greek ienai to go, Sanskrit eti he goes

Date: 14th century

1. plural : proceeds from a source of revenue (as an estate)

2. : the action of going, coming, or flowing out : egress , emergence

3. : a means or place of going out : exit , outlet

4. : offspring , progeny

died without issue


a. : a final outcome that usually constitutes a solution (as of a problem) or resolution (as of a difficulty)

b. obsolete : a final conclusion or decision about something arrived at after consideration

c. archaic : termination , end

hope that his enterprise would have a prosperous issue — T. B. Macaulay


a. : a matter that is in dispute between two or more parties


(1) : a vital or unsettled matter

economic issue s

(2) : concern , problem

I have issue s with his behavior

c. : the point at which an unsettled matter is ready for a decision

brought the matter to an issue

7. : a discharge (as of blood) from the body


a. : something coming forth from a specified source

issue s of a disordered imagination

b. obsolete : deed


a. : the act of publishing or officially giving out or making available

the next issue of commemorative stamps

issue of supplies by the quartermaster

b. : the thing or the whole quantity of things given out at one time

read the latest issue

• is·sue·less ˈi-shü-ləs adjective

- at issue

II. verb

( is·sued ; is·su·ing )

Date: 14th century

intransitive verb


a. : to go, come, or flow out

b. : to come forth : emerge

2. : accrue

profits issuing from the sale of the stock

3. archaic : to descend from a specified parent or ancestor

4. : to be a consequence or final outcome : emanate , result

5. : to appear or become available through being officially put forth or distributed

6. : eventuate , terminate

transitive verb

1. : to cause to come forth : discharge , emit


a. : to put forth or distribute usually officially

government issued a new airmail stamp

issue orders

b. : to send out for sale or circulation : publish

c. British : provide 2b, supply

Synonyms: see spring

• is·su·er noun

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