Etymology: Middle English, exit, proceeds, from Anglo-French, from issir to come out, go out, from Latin exire to go out, from ex- + ire to go; akin to Gothic iddja he went, Greek ienai to go, Sanskrit eti he goes
Date: 14th century
1. plural proceeds from a source of revenue (as an estate)
2. the action of going, coming, or flowing out ; egress, emergence
3. a means or place of going out ; exit, outlet
4. offspring, progeny <died without issue> 5. a. a final outcome that usually constitutes a solution (as of a problem) or resolution (as of a difficulty) b. obsolete a final conclusion or decision about something arrived at after consideration c. archaic termination, end <hope that his enterprise would have a prosperous issue — T. B. Macaulay> 6. a. a matter that is in dispute between two or more parties b. (1) a vital or unsettled matter <economic issues> (2) concern, problem <I have issues with his behavior> c. the point at which an unsettled matter is ready for a decision <brought the matter to an issue> 7. a discharge (as of blood) from the body 8. a. something coming forth from a specified source <issues of a disordered imagination> b. obsolete deed 9. a. the act of publishing or officially giving out or making available <the next issue of commemorative stamps> <issue of supplies by the quartermaster> b. the thing or the whole quantity of things given out at one time <read the latest issue> • issueless adjective II. verb (issued; issuing) Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. a. to go, come, or flow out b. to come forth ; emerge 2. accrue <profits issuing from the sale of the stock> 3. archaic to descend from a specified parent or ancestor 4. to be a consequence or final outcome ; emanate, result 5. to appear or become available through being officially put forth or distributed 6. eventuate, terminate transitive verb 1. to cause to come forth ; discharge, emit 2. a. to put forth or distribute usually officially <government issued a new airmail stamp> <issue orders> b. to send out for sale or circulation ; publish c. British provide 2b, supply Synonyms: see spring • issuer noun
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.