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noun issue pronunciation in British English /ˈɪʃuː/issue pronunciation in British English /ˈɪsjuː/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a subject that people discuss or argue about, especially relating to society, politics etc
    It’s a website devoted to environmental issues.
    contentious/controversial/thorny issue (=one that causes a lot of argument): Abortion is always a controversial issue.
    big/key/major issue: Public education was one of the biggest issues in the election campaign.
    raise an issue (=start to discuss it): The subject of cloning raises complex ethical issues.
    1. a.
      a problem that needs to be considered
      not be an issue: The reliability of the statistics is not an issue.
      issue about/around: There were issues about the way the department was organized.
      big issue: A big issue in the region is that teachers are so underpaid.
  2. 2
    [countable] a magazine that is published at a particular time
    The article appeared in the November issue.
    These tips appeared in recent issues of The Practical Gardener.
  3. 4
    [uncountable] formal the act of officially giving something to someone
    the issue of visitors’ permits
    1. a.
      something that is given to every member of a group
      She was wearing the heavy black jacket that was standard police issue.
  4. 5
    [uncountable] legal someones children
    He died without issue (=with no children).



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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