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problem (question)

Definition:

a question raised for consideration or solution

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Plural:

problems

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

our homework consisted of 10 problems to solve

Synonyms:

prob. [abbreviation]

Etymology:

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin problema, from Ancient Greek...
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All senses of problem...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

problem

any thing, matter, person, etc, that is difficult to deal with, solve, or overcome | [modifier] | a puzzle, question, etc, set for solution | ... (22 of 493 words, 5 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/problem

Macmillan British Dictionary:

problem [countable] | problems [plural] | have a problem with something | no problem | not be someone's problem | that's your problem | what's your problem?

something that causes trouble or difficulty ; something that has a bad ... | a question that someone is given to answer as a test of their ability | ... (27 of 493 words, 9 definitions, 18 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/problem

Wikipedia:

Problem

the relation between human will and reality. When will and reality do not coincide, the resolution of this gap between reality and will is the solution of the problem. A problem implies a desired outcome coupled with an apparent deficiency, doubt or ... (42 of 430 words)

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Problem (disambiguation)

an obstacle which hinders the achievement of a particular goal, objective or purpose. Problem or The Problem may also refer to: Problems (Aristotle), an Aristotelian (or pseudo-Aristotelian) collection of problems in question and answer form | The... (36 of 249 words, 18 definitions)

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Merriam-Webster:

problem [entry 1, noun] | case [synonym, sense-specific] | challenge [synonym, sense-specific] | knot [synonym, sense-specific] | matter [synonym, sense-specific] | nut [synonym, sense-specific] | trouble [synonym, sense-specific] | answer [antonym, sense-specific] | solution [antonym, sense-specific] | ...

a question raised for inquiry, consideration, or solution ; a proposition in mathematics or physics stating something to be done | an intricate ... (22 of 244 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/problem

problem [entry 2, adjective]

dealing with a problem of conduct or social relationship | difficult to deal with (13 of 38 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/problem show=1

Oxford Dictionary:

problem | his | her | have a problem with | no problem | that's your problem

a matter or situation regarded as unwelcome or harmful and needing to be dealt with and overcome | a thing that is difficult to achieve | [physics, ... (25 of 212 words, 8 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/problem

Cambridge Dictionary:

problem | problem child/family, etc. | problem child, etc. | problem family, etc. | pothole

a situation, person or thing that needs attention and needs to be dealt with or solved | a question in mathematics which needs an answer | "problem ... (25 of 125 words, 3 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/problem

American Heritage Dictionary:

problem

A question to be considered, solved, or answered | A situation, matter, or person that presents perplexity or difficulty | A misgiving, objection, or ... (22 of 114 words, 5 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/problem

Random House Dictionary:

problem | no problem [sense-specific]

any question or matter involving doubt, uncertainty, or difficulty. | a question proposed for solution or discussion. | [math] a statement requiring a ... (21 of 87 words, 6 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/problem

New World Dictionary:

problem

a question proposed for solution or consideration | a question, matter, situation, or person that is perplexing or difficult | [math] a proposition ... (21 of 83 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

problem | problems [plural] | problemata [plural] | probleme [obsolete, sense-specific] | solution [antonym, sense-specific] | unruly [synonym, sense-specific]

A difficulty that has to be resolved or dealt with. | A question to be answered, schoolwork exercise. | A puzzling circumstance. | Difficult to train or guide; unruly. (26 of 31 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/problem

Encarta Dictionary:

problem | problems [plural]

a difficult situation, matter, or person | a question or puzzle that needs to be solved | a statement or proposition requiring an algebraic, ... (22 of 277 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861736790​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

problem | problems [plural] | problemata [plural]

Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin problema, from Ancient Greek πρόβλημα (problema, "anything thrown forward, hindrance, obstacle, anything projecting, a headland, promontory"), from προβάλλω... (25 of 52 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/problem

Online Etymology:

problem

First use: late 14th century

Origin: "a difficult question proposed for solution", from Old French problème (14th century), from Latin problema, from Greek problema ... (21 of 49 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=problem

American Heritage Dictionary:

problem

Origin: Middle English probleme, from Old French, from Latin problēma, problēmat-, from Greek, from proballein, to throw ... (16 of 34 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/problem

Oxford Dictionary:

problem | his | her

Origin: late Middle English (originally denoting a riddle or a question for academic discussion): from Old French probleme, via Latin from Greek ... (21 of 32 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/problem

New World Dictionary:

problem

Origin: Middle English probleme from Middle French from Latin problema from Greek problēma from proballein, to throw forward from ... (18 of 28 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/problem

Collins Dictionary:

problem

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Late Latin problēma, from Greek: something put forward; related to proballein to throw forwards, from pro-2 + ballein to throw

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/problem

Merriam-Webster:

problem [entry 1, noun]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English probleme, from Latin problema, from Greek problēma, literally, obstacle, from proballein to throw forward, ... (18 of 25 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/problem

Encarta Dictionary:

problem | problems [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: French and Latin from Greek problēma "projection, obstacle", literally "thing thrown in front" from ballein "to throw"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861736790​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

problem | problems [plural] | problemata [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "problem"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

problem [countable] | problems [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "problem"

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Collins Dictionary:

problem

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "problem"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/problem

Macmillan American Dictionary:

problem [countable] | problems [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "problem"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

problem

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "problem"

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the Free Dictionary:

problem

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Google Dictionary:

problem | problems [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "problem"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

problem

Audio: North American pronunciation of "problem"

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YourDictionary Audio:

problem

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freedictionary.org:

problem

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