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issue

noun [C] (SUBJECT)    /ˈɪʃ.uː/ /ˈɪs.juː/
B1 a subject or problem that people are thinking and talking about: environmental/ethical/personal issues As employers we need to be seen to be addressing (= dealing with) these issues sympathetically. Don't worry about who will do it - that's just a side issue (= not the main problem).Topics and areas of interest at issue C2 most important in what is being discussed: The point at issue is what is best for the child.Debate and discussionVery important or urgent make an issue of sth disapproving to make something seem more important than it should be, or to argue about it: Of course I'll help you, there's no need to make an issue of it.Complaining take issue with sth C1 formal to disagree strongly: I took issue with him over his interpretation of the instructions.Arguing and disagreeing have issues (with sb/sth) to have difficulty or disagreement with someone or something: All the people in the study had low self-esteem and had issues with their bodies. Anna has major issues with her employer.Arguing and disagreeing
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