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noun prob·lem \ ˈprä-bləm , -bᵊm , -ˌblem \
Popularity: Top 10% of words | Updated on: 13 Sep 2018

Definition of problem

1 a : a question raised for inquiry, consideration, or solution
b : a proposition in mathematics or physics stating something to be done
2 a : an intricate unsettled question
b : a source of perplexity, distress, or vexation
c : difficulty in understanding or accepting
  • I have a problem with your saying that

Examples of problem in a Sentence

  1. Racism and sexism are major social problems.

  2. The company is having financial problems.

  3. He has chronic health problems.

  4. The mechanic fixed the problem with the car.

  5. There are a few problems with your argument.

  6. We have to find a way to solve this problem.

  7. She is bothered by family problems.

  8. We didn't have any problems getting here.

  9. I have my own problems to deal with.

  10. Mosquitoes are a problem in the summer.

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Origin and Etymology of problem

Middle English probleme, from Latin problema, from Greek problēma, literally, obstacle, from proballein to throw forward, from pro- forward + ballein to throw — more at pro-, Plazzo Fashion Collection Georgette Women New for Hardy's EwICqw

problem Synonyms

Synonyms

case, challenge, knot, matter, trouble;

Antonyms

answer, solution;

Related Words

issue, question;

corner, fix, hole, hot water, jam, mire, pickle, predicament, quagmire, spot;

crux, toughie (also toughy);

dilemma, quandary;

catch, glitch, hitch, pitfall, snag;

conundrum, enigma, mystery, puzzle, puzzlement, riddleSolly Trousers Navy Navy Solly Allen Allen Trousers ;

brainteaser, poser, stumper;

Synonym Discussion of problem

mystery, problem, enigma, riddle, puzzle mean something which baffles or perplexes. mystery applies to what cannot be fully understood by reason or less strictly to whatever resists or defies explanation.
    • the mystery of the stone monoliths
problem applies to a question or difficulty calling for a solution or causing concern.
    • problems created by high technology
enigma applies to utterance or behavior that is very difficult to interpret.
    • his suicide remains an enigmaSolly Navy Allen Navy Trousers Trousers Solly Allen
riddle suggests an enigma or problem involving paradox or apparent contradiction.
    • the riddle of the reclusive pop star
puzzle applies to an enigma or problem that challenges ingenuity for its solution.
    • the thief's motives were a puzzle for the police

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problem

adjective

Definition of problem

1 : dealing with a problem of conduct or social relationship
  • a problem play
2 : difficult to deal with
  • a problem child

Recent Examples of problem from the Web

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First Known Use of problem

1894

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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PROBLEM Defined for English Language Learners

problem

Definition of Allen Solly Allen Trousers Trousers Solly Navy Navy problem for English Language Learners

  • : something that is difficult to deal with : something that is a source of trouble, worry, etc.

  • : difficulty in understanding something

  • : a feeling of not liking or wanting to do something


problem

Definition of problem for English Language Learners

  • : difficult to deal with


PROBLEM Defined for Kids

problem

noun prob·lem Navy Allen Solly Solly Navy Trousers Allen Trousers \ ˈprä-bləm \

Definition of problem for Students

2 : a person or thing that is hard to understand or deal with
  • He's not the problem. His parents are.
  • Her behavior is a big problem.


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