Synonyms of issue in English:


See US English definition of issue

See UK English definition of issue

See Spanish definition of tema


1‘the committee has yet to meet to discuss the issue’

matter, matter in question, affair, business, subject, topic, question, point, point at issue, item, thing, case, concern, theme
proceeding, situation, occasion, circumstance
problem, bone of contention, controversy, argument

2‘there's something of an issue with resupply at the moment’

problem, difficulty, complication, difficult situation, snag, predicament, plight, hitch, catch, drawback, pitfall, handicap, impediment, hindrance, obstacle, hurdle, stumbling block, obstruction, barrier
trouble, worry, mess, muddle, mix-up
catch-22, vexed question, quandary, the rub
informal fly in the ointment, prob, headache, hiccup, dilemma, hassle, pickle, fix, tight spot, how-do-you-do, job, gremlin, facer
British informal spanner in the works
North American informal monkey wrench in the works
dated cumber
literary trammel

3‘the victory was celebrated with the issue of a special stamp’

issuing, issuance, publication, publishing
circulation, distribution, supplying, supply, sending out, delivery

4‘the latest issue of our magazine’

edition, number, instalment, copy
printing, imprint, impression, version, publication

5‘she died without issue in 1635’

Law offspring, descendants, heirs, successors, children, sons or daughters, progeny, scions, family, youngsters, babies
informal kids
derogatory spawn
archaic seed, fruit, fruit of one's loins

6‘an issue of blood’

discharge, emission, release, outflow, outflowing, outpouring, outrush, rush, flood, deluge, spurt, jet, cascade, stream, torrent, gush
flow, flux, outflux, welling
leakage, escape, drain, drainage
excretion, secretion, ejection, disgorgement, debouchment, emanation, exudation, exuding, venting, effluence, effluent, effusion
technical efflux

7‘his perseverance certainly merited a favourable issue’

result, outcome, consequence, end result, net result, upshot, effect, after-effect, aftermath, conclusion, end, denouement
informal pay-off


1‘writs were issued against the contractors’

send out, put out
release, deliver
publish, announce, proclaim, broadcast, promulgate, communicate, impart, purvey, circulate, distribute, spread, disseminate
literary bruit about, bruit abroad, utter


2‘the captain issued the crew with side arms’

supply, provide, furnish, arm, equip, fit out, rig out, accoutre, outfit, fit up
provision, stock, purvey, accommodate
present, invest, endow, favour
British kit out
informal fix up


3‘savoury smells began to issue from the kitchen’

emanate, emerge, proceed, exude, discharge, flow, flow forth, flow out, pour, pour forth, pour out, gush, gush forth, gush out, come, come forth, come out, seep, seep forth, seep out, ooze, ooze forth, ooze out, spread out
be uttered, be emitted, be transmitted

4‘surprising profits might issue from the unwinding of a few giant companies’

result, follow, ensue, develop, stem, spring, arise, start, derive, evolve, proceed, emerge, emanate, flow
be got, be had, be taken
be caused by, be the result of, be brought about by, be brought on by, be produced by, originate in, have its origin in, attend, accompany, be consequent on
Philosophy supervene on

bring about


    at issue

    ‘at issue here is the definition of a work of art’

    in question, in dispute
    being discussed, under discussion, under consideration
    on the agenda, for debate, to be discussed, to be decided, unsettled
    take issue

    ‘I take issue with your assertion’

    disagree, fail to agree, be in dispute, be in contention, be at variance, be at odds, be at loggerheads, not see eye to eye, argue, quarrel
    challenge, dispute, question, call into question, oppose, object to, take exception to, protest against, contradict, gainsay, differ from, dissent from, diverge from
    archaic disaccord