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  ( issues    plural & 3rd person present)   ( issuing    present participle)   ( issued    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   An issue is an important subject that people are arguing about or discussing.  
usu with supp   (=subject, matter)  
Agents will raise the issue of prize-money for next year's world championships..., Is it right for the Church to express a view on political issues?     
    side issue  
2       n-sing   If something is the issue, it is the thing you consider to be the most important part of a situation or discussion.  
the N  
I was earning a lot of money, but that was not the issue..., The real issue was never addressed.     
3       n-count   An issue of something such as a magazine or newspaper is the version of it that is published, for example, in a particular month or on a particular day.   (=edition)  
The growing problem is underlined in the latest issue of the Lancet...     
4       verb   If you issue a statement or a warning, you make it known formally or publicly.   (=put out)  
Last night he issued a statement denying the allegations...      V n  
Yesterday his kidnappers issued a second threat to kill him.      V n  
5       verb   If you are issued with something, it is officially given to you.  
usu passive  
On your appointment you will be issued with a written statement of particulars of employment...      be V-ed with n  
      Issue is also a noun., n-uncount   oft N n  
...a standard army issue rifle.     
6       verb   When something such as a liquid, sound, or smell issues from something, it comes out of that thing.  
FORMAL   A tinny voice issued from a speaker.      V from n  
7    The question or point at issue is the question or point that is being argued about or discussed.  
at issue      phrase   usu v-link PHR  
The problems of immigration were not the question at issue...     
8    If you make an issue of something, you try to make other people think about it or discuss it, because you are concerned or annoyed about it.  
make an issue of      phrase   V inflects  
It seemed the Colonel had no desire to make an issue of the affair.     
9    If you take issue with someone or something they said, you disagree with them, and start arguing about it.  
take issue with      phrase   V inflects, PHR n   (=argue)  
I will not take issue with the fact that we have a recession.     

back issue        ( back issues    plural  ) A back issue of a magazine or newspaper is one that was published some time ago and is not the most recent.      n-count   (=back number)  
issue price        ( issue prices    plural  ) The issue price of shares is the price at which they are offered for sale when they first become available to the public.     (BUSINESS)      n-count  
Shares in the company slipped below their issue price on their first day of trading.     
rights issue        ( rights issues    plural  ) A rights issue is when a company offers shares at a reduced price to people who already have shares in the company.     (BUSINESS)      n-count  
share issue        ( share issues    plural  ) When there is a share issue, shares in a company are made available for people to buy.     (BUSINESS)      n-count  
side issue        ( side issues    plural  ) A side issue is an issue or subject that is not considered to be as important as the main one.      n-count  
I must forget these side issues and remember my mission.     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  



1    affair, argument, bone of contention, can of worms     (informal)   concern, controversy, matter, matter of contention, point, point in question, problem, question, subject, topic  
2    at issue      at variance, controversial, in disagreement, in dispute, to be decided, under discussion, unsettled  
3    take issue      challenge, disagree, dispute, object, oppose, raise an objection, take exception  
4    conclusion, consequence, culmination, effect, end, end result, finale, outcome, pay-off     (informal)   result, termination, upshot  
5    copy, edition, impression, instalment, number, printing  
6    circulation, delivery, dispersal, dissemination, distribution, granting, issuance, issuing, publication, sending out, supply, supplying  
7    children, descendants, heirs, offspring, progeny, scions, seed     (chiefly biblical)  
8    announce, broadcast, circulate, deliver, distribute, emit, give out, promulgate, publish, put in circulation, put out, release  
9    arise, be a consequence of, come forth, emanate, emerge, flow, originate, proceed, rise, spring, stem  
,       n  
4    beginning, cause, inception, start  
6    cancellation, recall  
7    parent, sire  
      vb   cause, revoke, withdraw  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
to emphasize (an issue, idea or word)
avoid the main topic ; discuss a matter without coming to the point ; to not speak directly/frankly/bluntly about the issue
Ex: Please, stop beating around the bush and get to the point! Also: beat about the bush
field defining and covering legal issues related to computing and Internet.
[Tech.];[Telecom.];[Internet];[US];[UK] internet law
1. shoot with a firearm using a type of cartridge that contains gunpowder but neither bullet nor pellet. 2. [slang][fig.] be infertile and unlikely to impregnate a woman (due to various issues such as a low sperm count)
1.The squaddies were training, shooting blanks 2.We had been trying to have a baby for ages until a series of fertility tests revealed I was shooting blanks.
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