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From Middle English issue, from Old French issue (“an exit, a way out”), feminine past participle of issir(“to exit”), from Latin exeō (“go out, exit”), from prefix ex- (“out”) + (“go”).
issue (plural issues)
  1. The action or an instance of flowing or coming out, an outflow, particularly:
    1. (military, obsolete) A movement of soldiers towards an enemy, a sortie.
    2. (medicine) The outflow of a bodily fluid, particularly (now rare) in abnormal amounts.
      The technique minimizes the issue of blood from the incision.
      And behold, a woman which was diseased with an issue of blood twelue yeeres, came behinde him [Jesus], and touched the hemme of his garment.
  2. Someone or something that flows out or comes out, particularly:
    1. (medicine, now rare) The bodily fluiddrained through a natural or artificial issue.
      For she doted upon their paramours, whose flesh is as the flesh of asses, and whose issue is like the issue of horses.
    2. (now usually historical or law)Offspring: one's natural child or children.
      He died intestate and without issue, so the extended family have all lawyered up.
    3. (figuratively) Progeny: all one's linealdescendants.
      Although his own kingdom disappeared, his issue went on to rule a quarter of Europe.
    4. (figuratively, obsolete) A race of people considered as the descendants of some commonancestor.
    5. (now rare) The produce or incomederived from farmland or rentalproperties.
      3. A conveys to B all right to the real property aforementioned for a term of _____ years, with all said real property's attendant issues, rents, and profits.
    6. (historical or rare law) Incomederived from fines levied by a court or law-enforcement officer; the finesthemselves.
    7. (obsolete) The entrails of a slaughtered animal.
    8. (rare and obsolete) Any action or deed performed by a person.
    9. (obsolete) Luck considered as the favor or disfavor of nature, the gods, or God.
    10. (publishing) A single edition of a newspaper or other periodicalpublication.
      Yeah, I just got the June issue of Wombatboy.
    11. The entire set of some item printed and disseminated during a certainperiod, particularly (publishing) a single printing of a particular edition of a work when contrasted with otherprint runs.
      The May 1918 issue of US 24-cent stamps became famous when a printer's error inverted its depiction of an airmail plane.
    12. (figuratively, originally WWI militaryslang, usually with definite article) The entire set of something; all of something.
      The bloody sergeant snaffled our whole issue of booze, dammit.
    13. (finance) Any financial instrument issued by a company.
      The company's issues have included bonds, stocks, and other securities.
    14. The loan of a book etc. from a library to a patron; all such loans by a givenlibrary during a given period.
  3. The means or opportunity by which something flows or comes out, particularly:
  4. The place where something flows or comes out, an outlet, particularly:
    1. (obsolete) An exit from a room or building.
      How if there were no centre at all, but just one alley after another, and the whole world a labyrinth without end or issue?
    2. (now rare) A confluence: the mouth of a river; the outlet of a lake or otherbody of water.
  5. The action or an instance of sendingsomething out, particularly:
    The issue of the directive from the treasury prompted the central bank's most recent issue of currency.
    1. (historical medicine) A small incision, tear, or artificial ulcer, used to drainfluid and usually held open with a pea or other small object.
      2005, James Harold Kirkup, The Evolution of Surgical Instruments, Ch. xxv, p. 403:
      Issues and fontanels were supposed remedies for joint diseases, pulmonary tuberculosis, and other chronic conditions.
    2. The production or distribution of something for general use.
      Congress delegated the issue of US currency to the Federal Reserve in 1913.
    3. The distribution of something (particularly rations or standardized​provisions​) to someone or somegroup.
      The uniform was standard prison issue.
    4. (finance) The action or an instance of a company selling bonds, stock, or other securities.
      The company's stock issue diluted his ownership.
  6. Any question or situation to be resolved, particularly:
    Please stand by. We are having technical issues.
    1. (law) A point of law or fact in dispute or question in a legal actionpresented for resolution by the court.
      The issue before the court is whether participation in a group blog makes the plaintiff a public figure under the relevant statute.
    2. (figuratively) Anything in dispute, an area of disagreement whose resolution is being debated or decided.
      For chrissakes, John, don't make an issue out of it. Just sleep on the floor if you want.
    3. (rare and obsolete) A dispute between two alternatives, a dilemma.
    4. (US, originally psychology, usually in the plural) A psychological or emotional difficulty, (now informal,figuratively and usually euphemistic)any problem or concern considered as a vague and intractable difficulty.
      She has daddy issues, mommy issues, drug issues, money issues, trust issues, printer issues... I'm just sayin', girl's got issues.
  7. The action or an instance of concludingsomething, particularly:
    1. (obsolete) The end of any action or process.
    2. (obsolete) The end of any period of time.
  8. The end result of an event or events, anyresult or outcome, particularly:
    1. (now rare) The result of a discussion or negotiation, an agreement.
    2. (obsolete) The result of an investigation or consideration, a conclusion.
  9. (figuratively, now rare) The action or an instance of feeling some emotion.
  10. (figuratively, now rare) The action or an instance of leaving any state or condition.
Derived terms
Terms derived from issue (noun)

Related terms
act of flowing out
outflow of bodily fluid
Finnish: vuoto (fi)
act of sending out
small incision etc. to drain excess bodily fluid
something flowing or sent out
legal term for offspring
produce or income from farmland or rental property
Finnish: tuotto (fi)
French: fruit (fr) m, fructus (fr) m
Portuguese: resultado (pt), fim (pt)
contested point in a dispute or debate
financial instrument
problem or concern
a single edition of a periodical publication
issue (third-person singular simple presentissues, present participle issuing, simple past and past participle issued)
  1. To flow out, to proceed from, to come out or from.
    The water issued forth from the spring.
    The rents issuing from the land permitted him to live as a man of independent means.
    • 1611, Bible (King James Version), 2 Kings, xx. 18
      ...thy sons that shall issue from thee...
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter IV
      There was a very light off-shore wind and scarcely any breakers, so that the approach to the shore was continued without finding bottom; yet though we were already quite close, we saw no indication of any indention in the coast from which even a tiny brooklet might issue, and certainly no mouth of a large river such as this must necessarily be to freshen the ocean even two hundred yards from shore.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses Episode 12, The Cyclops
      A powerful current of warm breath issued at regular intervals from the profound cavity of his mouth while in rhythmic resonance the loud strong hale reverberations of his formidable heart thundered rumblingly...
  2. To rush out, to sally forth.
    The men issued from the town and attacked the besiegers.
  3. To extend into, to open onto.
    The road issues into the highway.
  4. To turn out in a certain way, to result in.
    2007, John Burrow, A History of Histories, Penguin 2009, p. 171:
    But, for Livy, Roman patriotism is overriding, and this issues, of course, in an antiquarian attention to the city's origins.
  5. (law) To come to a point in fact or law on which the parties join issue.
  6. To send out; to put into circulation.
    The Federal Reserve issues US dollars.
  7. To deliver for use.
    The prison issued new uniforms for the inmates.
  8. To deliver by authority.
    The court issued a writ of mandamus.
    Five minutes later, Southampton tried to mount their first attack, but Wickham sabotaged the move by tripping the rampaging Nathaniel Clyne, prompting the referee, Andre Marriner, to issue a yellow card. That was a lone blemish on an otherwise tidy start by Poyet’s team – until, that is, the 12th minute, when Vergini produced a candidate for the most ludicrous own goal in Premier League history.
(to give out): begive
Derived terms
to flow out; to proceed from
to sally forth
Swedish: utströmma
to extend into
to turn out
Swedish: utmynna
to come to a point in fact or law on which the parties join issue
to send out; to put into circulation
to deliver for use
to deliver by authority
issue in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
Iesus, Susie, usies, ussie
Old French issue
issue f (plural issues)
  1. exit, way out
    En cas de danger, empruntez l’issue de secours.
    In case of danger, use the emergency exit.
  2. outcome, result
    L’issue de cette bataille est incertaine.
    The outcome of this battle is uncertain.
feminine singular of issu
Further reading
issue” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
Old French
issue f
feminine singular of the past participle of issir
issue f (oblique plural issues, nominative singular issue, nominative plural issues)
  1. exit; way out
  2. departure (act of leaving)
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