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noun American English pronunciation: issue /ˈɪʃu/ 
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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 Oklahoma 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 blue jacket that was standard police issue.

  4. 5
    [uncountable] legal someone's children

    He died without issue (=with no children).

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