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noun [countable] problem pronunciation in British English /ˈprɒbləm/
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singularproblem
pluralproblems
 
  1. 1
    something that causes trouble or difficulty
    a major cause of traffic problems in the city
    problem of: the problem of unemployment
    problem for: Homelessness is a serious problem for a lot of young people.
    have problems with: We’ve been having problems with the heating in the office.
    solve a problem: That still doesn’t solve our problem.
    cause someone a problem/cause a problem for someone: The continuing bad weather is causing serious problems for farmers.
    pose (=be) a problem (for someone/something): Racial tensions in the south of the city pose a real problem for the police.
    the (only) problem is (that): They’re the best cameras on the market. The only problem is they’re incredibly expensive.
    1. a.
      something that has a bad effect on someones health or behaviour
      a drug/alcohol problem
      health/behaviour problems
    2. b.
      [only before noun] experiencing a lot of difficulties in life, or causing difficulties for other people
      a problem child/family

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