Etymology
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issue (n.)

c. 1300, "an exit," from Old French issue "a way out, a going out, exit; final event," from fem. past participle of issir "to go out," from Latin exire "go out, go forth; become public; flow, gush, pour forth" (source also of Italian uscire, Catalan exir), from ex- "out" (see ex-) + ire "to go," from PIE root *ei- "to go."

Meaning "discharge of blood or other fluid from the body" is from 1520s; sense of "offspring, children" is from late 14c. Meaning "outcome of an action, consequence, result" is attested from late 14c., probably from this sense in French. Meaning "action of sending into publication or circulation" is from 1833.

Legal sense developed from the notion of "end or result of pleadings in a suit (by presentation of the point to be determined by trial)," hence "the controversy over facts in a trial" (early 14c., Anglo-French) and transferred sense "point of contention between two parties" (early 15c.) and the general sense "an important point to be decided" (1836). Hence also the verbal phrase take issue with (1797, earlier join issue, 1690s) "take up an affirmative or negative position in a dispute with another." To have issues "have unresolved conflicts" is by 1990.

issue (v.)

mid-14c., of water, etc., "to flow out;" of persons, "come or go (out of a place), sally forth," from issue (n.) or else from Old French issu, past participle of issir. Transitive sense of "to send out" is from mid-15c.; specific sense of "to send out authoritatively" is from c. 1600. Meaning "supply (someone with something)" is from 1925. Related: Issued; issuing.

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Definitions of issue
1
issue (n.)
an important question that is in dispute and must be settled;
the issue could be settled by requiring public education for everyone
politicians never discuss the real issues
issue (n.)
one of a series published periodically;
she found an old issue of the magazine in her dentist's waiting room
Synonyms: number
issue (n.)
some situation or event that is thought about;
Synonyms: topic / subject / matter
issue (n.)
the act of providing an item for general use or for official purposes (usually in quantity);
the last issue of penicillin was over a month ago
a new issue of stamps
Synonyms: issuing / issuance
issue (n.)
supplies (as food or clothing or ammunition) issued by the government;
Synonyms: military issue / government issue
issue (n.)
the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property;
Synonyms: return / take / takings / proceeds / yield / payoff
issue (n.)
a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon;
issue (n.)
the immediate descendants of a person;
he died without issue
Synonyms: offspring / progeny
issue (n.)
the becoming visible;
Synonyms: emergence / egress
issue (n.)
an opening that permits escape or release;
the canyon had only one issue
Synonyms: exit / outlet / way out
issue (n.)
the act of issuing printed materials;
Synonyms: publication
2
issue (v.)
prepare and issue for public distribution or sale;
Synonyms: publish / bring out / put out / release
issue (v.)
circulate or distribute or equip with;
issue a new uniform to the children
Synonyms: supply
issue (v.)
bring out an official document (such as a warrant);
issue (v.)
come out of;
Water issued from the hole in the wall
Synonyms: emerge / come out / come forth / go forth / egress
issue (v.)
make out and issue;
Synonyms: write out / make out / cut
From wordnet.princeton.edu