Meaning of “problem” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun us uk /ˈprɒbləm/
Extra Examples
I'm not sure how to approach the problem.The cause of the problem wasn't immediately obvious.The basic problem is the inadequacy of our school budget.They dealt with the problem in a very efficient manner.What's the best method of solving this problem?

A1 a situation that causes difficulties and that needs to be dealt with:

health problems
I'm having problems with my computer.
Drugs have become a serious problem in the area.

a question that you use mathematics to solve

have a problem with sth/sb

to find something or someone annoying or offensive:

Yes, she can smoke in the house - I don't have a problem with that.
No problem.

A2 something that you say to mean you can or will do what someone has asked you to do:

"Can you get me to the airport by 11.30?" "No problem."

A2 something that you say when someone has thanked you for something:

"Thanks for taking me home." "No problem."

(Definition of “problem” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)