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is·sue  (sh)
a. The act or an instance of flowing, passing, or giving out.
b. The act of circulating, distributing, or publishing by an office or official group: government issue of new bonds.
2. Something produced, published, or offered, as:
a. An item or set of items, as stamps or coins, made available at one time by an office or bureau.
b. A single copy of a periodical: the May issue of the magazine.
c. A distinct set of copies of an edition of a book distinguished from others of that edition by variations in the printed matter.
d. A final result or conclusion, as a solution to a problem.
e. Proceeds from estates or fines.
f. Something proceeding from a specified source: suspicions that were the issue of a deranged mind.
3. Offspring; progeny: died without issue.
a. A point or matter of discussion, debate, or dispute: legal and moral issues.
b. A matter of public concern: debated economic issues.
c. A misgiving, objection, or complaint: had issues with the plan to change the curriculum.
d. The essential point; crux: the issue of how to provide adequate child care.
e. A culminating point leading to a decision: bring a case to an issue.
5. Informal A personal problem or emotional disorder: The teacher discussed the childs issues with his parents.
6. A place of egress; an outlet: a lake with no issue to the sea.
7. Pathology
a. A discharge, as of blood or pus.
b. A lesion, wound, or ulcer producing such a discharge.
8. Archaic Termination; close.
v. is·sued, is·su·ing, is·sues
1. To go or come out. See Synonyms at appear.
2. To accrue as proceeds or profit: Little money issued from the stocks.
3. To be born or be descended.
4. To be circulated or published.
5. To spring or proceed from a source. See Synonyms at stem1.
6. To terminate or result.
1. To cause to flow out; emit.
2. To circulate or distribute in an official capacity: issued uniforms to the players.
3. To publish: issued periodic statements.
at issue
1. In question; in dispute: Many people fail to grasp what is really at issue here (Gail Sheehy).
2. At variance; in disagreement.
join issue
1. To enter into controversy.
2. Law To submit an issue for decision.
take issue
To take an opposing point of view; disagree.

[Middle English, from Old French eissue, issue, from Vulgar Latin *exta, alteration of Latin exita, feminine past participle of exre, to go out : ex-, ex- + re, to go; see ei- in Indo-European roots.]

issu·er n.
issue·less adj.

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