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From Old French issue, eissue (a way out or exit), feminine past participle of issir, itself from Latin exeō (go out), from prefix ex- (out of) + (go).



issue (plural issues)

  1. The act of passing or flowing out; a moving out from any enclosed place; egress; as, the issue of water from a pipe, of blood from a wound, of air from a bellows, of people from a house.
  2. The act of sending out, or causing to go forth; delivery; issuance; as, the issue of an order from a commanding officer; the issue of money from a treasury.
  3. That which passes, flows, or is sent out; the whole quantity sent forth or emitted at one time; as, an issue of bank notes; the daily issue of a newspaper.
  4. Progeny; a child or children; offspring. In law, sometimes, in a general sense, all persons descended from a common ancestor; all lineal descendants.
  5. Produce of the earth, or profits of land, tenements, or other property; as, A conveyed to B all his right for a term of years, with all the issues, rents, and profits.
  6. A discharge of flux, as of blood.
    • 1611, King James Bible, Matthew 9:20:
      And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:
  7. An opening or outlet, providing for an exit or egress.
  8. (medicine) An artificial ulcer, usually made in the fleshy part of the arm or leg, to produce the secretion and discharge of pus for the relief of some affected part.
  9. The final outcome or result; upshot; conclusion; event; hence, contest; test; trial.
    • Shakespeare
      Come forth to view / The issue of the exploit.
    • Shakespeare
      While it is hot, I'll put it to the issue.
  10. A point in debate or controversy on which the parties take affirmative and negative positions; a presentation of alternatives between which to choose or decide.
  11. (law) In pleading, a single material point of law or fact depending in the suit, which, being affirmed on the one side and denied on the other, is presented for determination.
  12. (finance) A financial instrument in a company, such as a bond, stock or other security; the emission of such an instrument.
  13. (euphemistic) A problem or concern, usually of a mental nature.
    He has issues.
  14. An instalment of a periodical; a specific instance of a regular publication
    The July issue of the magazine is in shops now.

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issue (third-person singular simple present issues, present participle issuing, simple past and past participle issued)

  1. To pass or flow out; to run out, as from any enclosed place.
    • 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 go out; to rush out; to sally forth; as, troops issued from the town, and attacked the besiegers.
  3. To proceed, as from a source; as, water issues from springs; light issues from the sun.
  4. To proceed, as progeny; to be derived; to be descended; to spring.
    • Bible, 2 Kings xx. 18
      thy sons that shall issue from thee
  5. To extend; to pass or open; as, the path issues into the highway.
  6. To be produced as an effect or result; to grow or accrue; to arise; to proceed; as, rents and profits issuing from land, tenements, or a capital stock.
  7. To turn out (in a given way); to have a specified issue or result, 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.
  8. (law) In pleading, to come to a point in fact or law, on which the parties join issue.
  9. To send out; to put into circulation; as, to issue notes from a bank.
  10. To deliver for use; as, to issue provisions.
  11. To send out officially; to deliver by authority; as, to issue an order; to issue a writ.
    • 2014, Paul Doyle, "Southampton hammer eight past hapless Sunderland in barmy encounter", The Guardian, 18 October 2014:
      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.


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issue f (plural issues)

  1. An exit, a way out
    En cas de danger, empruntez l’issue de secours. (In case of danger, use the emergency exit.)
  2. The final outcome or result.
    L’issue de cette bataille est incertaine. (The outcome of this battle is uncertain.)

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issue f

  1. feminine form 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)


  • English: issue (borrowed)