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English definition of “issue”

issue

noun [C] (SUBJECT)   /ˈɪʃ·u/
a subject or problem that people are thinking and talking about: There continues to be a great deal of debate over the property tax issue. Isn’t the need to hire more staff what’s really at issue here (= the subject of the disagreement)? I like my hair this way – I don’t see why you have to make an issue of it (= cause it to be a problem).
(Definition of issue noun (SUBJECT) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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