Meaning of PROBLEM in English

PROBLEM

I.

noun

1 sth that causes difficulties

ADJECTIVE

▪ acute , big , enormous , grave , great , huge , important , major , serious , significant

Our greatest ~ is the lack of funds.

▪ global

The traffic in illegal drugs is a global ~.

▪ terrible

The accident poses a terrible ~ for the family.

▪ real

▪ perceived

▪ little , minor , petty , slight

▪ complex , complicated , difficult , knotty , thorny , tough

▪ growing

▪ basic , central , fundamental , key , main , major , number-one ( esp. AmE )

Access to capital is often the number-one ~ for many entrepreneurs.

▪ underlying

the underlying ~ that's causing your high blood pressure

▪ annoying , vexing ( esp. AmE )

▪ common

▪ pressing , urgent

▪ unforeseen

Unforeseen ~s often arise.

▪ immediate

▪ possible , potential

Fortunately, it's easy to avoid any potential ~s.

▪ insoluble , insuperable ( formal ), insurmountable ( formal ), intractable ( formal )

Depression is a natural feeling if your ~s seem intractable.

▪ unresolved , unsolved

The role of the sun in climate change is still a big unsolved ~.

▪ age-old , long-standing , long-term , perennial

▪ chronic , ongoing , persistent , recurring

▪ inherent

the inherent ~s of merging two very different companies

▪ logistical , practical

▪ mechanical , technical

▪ systemic

Systemic security ~s have been identified.

▪ attitude , behaviour/behavior , behavioural/behavioral , developmental , emotional , mental , mental-health , psychiatric , psychological

His teachers say he has an attitude ~.

▪ family , personal

Her new job had taken her mind off her family ~s for a while.

▪ communication

We had communication ~s.

▪ fertility , health , medical , physical , sexual , sleep

▪ back , heart , knee

▪ alcohol , drink ( BrE ), drinking ( AmE ), drug , gambling , substance-abuse

She had serious substance abuse ~s with both cocaine and heroin.

▪ social

▪ housing

▪ economic , financial , money

They sold their car to ease their financial ~s.

▪ environmental

▪ political

▪ legal

▪ marital , marriage

▪ ethical , moral

Most people can see the ethical ~ with accepting such an offer.

… OF PROBLEMS

▪ host , set

We're faced with a whole host of new ~s.

an elegant solution to a very complex set of ~s

VERB + PROBLEM

▪ be , pose , present (sb with) , remain

Inadequate resources pose a ~ for all members of staff.

▪ have

▪ develop

He developed a drinking ~.

▪ bring , cause , create , pose

Success brings its own ~s.

Staff shortages cause ~s for the organization.

▪ complicate , compound

▪ be beset with , be confronted by , be confronted with , be dogged by ( esp. BrE ), be faced with , be fraught with , confront , encounter , experience , face , run into , suffer

He has been faced with all sorts of ~s in his new job.

The plan has been fraught with ~s from the start.

▪ battle

an important step in battling the terrorist ~

▪ attribute , blame

the ~s attributed to capitalism

They blame the ~ on the new prescription drug law.

▪ raise

She raised the ~ of falling sales at the last meeting.

▪ see

He doesn't really see the ~.

▪ define

▪ acknowledge , admit , recognize

I'm glad you finally admitted your ~.

▪ understand

He doesn't seem to understand my ~.

▪ anticipate , foresee

I don't anticipate any future ~s in that regard.

▪ detect , discover , identify , isolate , pinpoint , spot

▪ indicate , point out

These symptoms may indicate a serious ~.

▪ assess , examine , investigate , study

They created a task force to study this ~.

▪ diagnose , figure out ( esp. AmE ), work out

▪ consider , debate , discuss , look at , look into

▪ describe , frame ( esp. AmE )

Framing the ~ is an important step.

▪ address , approach , attack , combat , come to grips with , counter , get to grips with , grapple with , handle , manage , tackle

The next meeting will address the ~ of obesity.

▪ illustrate

This illustrates another potential ~.

▪ highlight , underscore ( esp. AmE )

This underscores the biggest ~ with electronic voting.

▪ mask

All the anti-depressant does is mask the ~.

▪ avoid , circumvent , find a way around , find a way round ( esp. BrE ), get around , get round ( esp. BrE ), prevent , sidestep

▪ ignore

▪ overlook

For years I've tried to overlook this ~.

▪ forget

I forgot my ~s for a moment.

▪ clear up , correct , cure , deal with , eliminate , fix ( esp. AmE ), iron out , overcome , rectify , remedy , repair , resolve , settle , solve , sort out , troubleshoot

He had to undergo surgery to cure the ~ with his knee.

▪ alleviate , ease , minimize , mitigate , reduce , relieve , simplify

▪ aggravate , exacerbate , exaggerate , magnify , worsen

▪ analyse/analyze , explore

PROBLEM + VERB

▪ arise , come up , crop up , emerge , occur , surface

~s arising from poor ventilation

▪ exist

▪ begin , originate

No one ever asked why or how the ~ originated.

▪ persist , remain

If the ~ persists you should see a doctor.

The basic ~ remains the lack of available housing.

▪ afflict sb , beset sb , confront sb , face sb , plague sb

▪ lie in sth

The ~ lies in the lack of communication between managers and staff.

Therein lies the ~.

▪ result from sth , stem from sth

a ~ resulting from technical inadequacy

PROBLEM + NOUN

▪ area , spot

▪ behaviour/behavior

▪ child

▪ drinker , gambler

One out of every five people is a ~ drinker.

▪ drinking , gambling

a new approach to ~ drinking

▪ page ( BrE ) (= in a magazine, containing letters about readers' problems)

PREPOSITION

▪ ~ about

I didn't imagine there would be a ~ about getting tickets.

▪ ~ for

The rail strike is a ~ for all commuters.

▪ ~ of

the ~ of poverty

▪ ~ with

Do you have a ~ with her?

PHRASES

▪ an approach to a ~

▪ the crux of the ~ , the heart of the ~ , the root of the ~

We need to get to the root of the ~ before we can solve it.

▪ the answer to a ~ , a remedy to a ~ , a solution to a ~

He believes he may have found the answer to his ~.

He believes he may have found a solution to the ~.

▪ the scale of a ~

2 question to be solved

ADJECTIVE

▪ complicated , difficult

▪ easy , simple

▪ math ( AmE ), mathematical , maths ( BrE )

the ability to solve simple mathematical ~s

VERB + PROBLEM

▪ do , find the answer to , solve , work out

I have five ~s to do for homework.

PROBLEM + NOUN

▪ set ( AmE )

II.

adj.

Problem is used with these nouns: ↑ area , ↑ behaviour , ↑ child , ↑ drinker , ↑ gambler , ↑ gambling

Oxford Collocations English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь словосочетаний .