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issue

noun [C] uk   /ˈɪʃ.uː/ /ˈɪs.juː/ us  

issue noun [C] (SUBJECT)

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).at issue C2 most important in what is being discussed: The point at issue is what is best for the child.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.take issue with sth C1 formal to disagree strongly: I took issue with him over his interpretation of the instructions.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.
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issue noun [C] (PRODUCT)

B2 a set of newspapers or magazines published at the same time or a single copy of a newspaper or magazine: There's an article on motorbikes in the latest/next issue. An old issue of "Homes and Gardens" lay on the table. An issue of shares is a time when a company gives people the chance to buy part of it or gives extra shares to people who already own some.

issue

verb [T] uk   /ˈɪʃ.uː/ /ˈɪs.juː/ us  
C2 to produce or provide something official: The office will be issuing permits on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. The school issued a statement about its plans to the press./The school issued the press with a statement about its plans.
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