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prob·lem

 (prŏb′ləm)
n.
1. A question to be considered, solved, or answered: math problems.
2.
a. A situation, matter, or person that is hard to deal with or understand: was having problems breathing; considered the main problem to be his boss. See Usage Note at dilemma.
b. A personal matter that causes one difficulty or needs to be dealt with: felt her tyrannical boss had deep-seated problems.
3. A misgiving, objection, or complaint: I have a problem with his cynicism.
adj.
1. Difficult to deal with or control: a problem child.
2. Dealing with a moral or social problem: a problem play.
Idiom:
no problem
1. Used to express confirmation of or compliance with a request.
2. Used to acknowledge an expression of gratitude.

[Middle English probleme, from Old French, from Latin problēma, problēmat-, from Greek, from proballein, to throw before, put forward : pro-, before; see pro-2 + ballein, blē-, to throw; see gwelə- in Indo-European roots.]

problem

(ˈprɒbləm)
n
1.
a. any thing, matter, person, etc, that is difficult to deal with, solve, or overcome
b. (as modifier): a problem child.
2. a puzzle, question, etc, set for solution
3. (Mathematics) maths a statement requiring a solution usually by means of one or more operations or geometric constructions
4. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (modifier) designating a literary work that deals with difficult moral questions: a problem play.
[C14: from Late Latin problēma, from Greek: something put forward; related to proballein to throw forwards, from pro-2 + ballein to throw]

prob•lem

(ˈprɒb ləm)
n.
1. any question or matter involving doubt, uncertainty, or difficulty.
2. a question proposed for solution or discussion.
3. Math. a statement requiring a solution, usu. by means of a mathematical operation or geometric construction.
adj.
4. difficult to train or guide; unruly: a problem child.
5. Literature. dealing with difficult choices: a problem play.
Idioms:
no problem, (used as a conventional reply to a request or to an expression of gratitude): “Thanks a lot.” “No problem.”
[1350–1400; Middle English probleme < Latin problēma < Greek próblēma orig., obstacle =probállein to throw or lay before (pro- pro-2 + bállein to throw) + -ma n. suffix of result]

problem

The noun problem has two common meanings.

1. an unsatisfactory situation

A problem is an unsatisfactory situation that needs to be dealt with.

They discussed the problem of bullying in schools.

You can say that someone has a problem or has problems.

We have a problem with our car.
They are having financial problems at the moment.

You can also say that someone has problems doing something.

Many people are having problems paying their rent.
The company has problems finding suitably qualified staff.

Be Careful!
Don't say that someone 'has problems to do' something. Don't say, for example, 'Many people are having problems to pay their rent'.

2. 'reason'

Don't use 'problem' with why when you are explaining why a situation has occurred. Don't say, for example, 'The problem why he couldn't come is that he is ill'. You say 'The reason why he couldn't come is that he is ill'.

The reason why the project failed is lack of money.
See reason
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.problem - a state of difficulty that needs to be resolvedproblem - a state of difficulty that needs to be resolved; "she and her husband are having problems"; "it is always a job to contact him"; "urban problems such as traffic congestion and smog"
difficulty - a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome; "grappling with financial difficulties"
race problem - a social and political problem caused by conflict between races occupying the same or adjacent regions
balance-of-payments problem - an economic problem caused by payments for imports being greater than receipts for exports
2.problem - a question raised for consideration or solution; "our homework consisted of ten problems to solve"
question, head - the subject matter at issue; "the question of disease merits serious discussion"; "under the head of minor Roman poets"
mystifier, puzzle, puzzler, teaser - a particularly baffling problem that is said to have a correct solution; "he loved to solve chessmate puzzles"; "that's a real puzzler"
case - a problem requiring investigation; "Perry Mason solved the case of the missing heir"
homework problem - a problem that students are assigned to do outside of class
brain-teaser, conundrum, riddle, enigma - a difficult problem
stumper, toughie, poser, sticker - a particularly difficult or baffling question or problem
Gordian knot - any very difficult problem; insoluble in its own terms
koan - a paradoxical anecdote or a riddle that has no solution; used in Zen Buddhism to show the inadequacy of logical reasoning
pons asinorum - a problem that severely tests the ability of an inexperienced person
rebus - a puzzle where you decode a message consisting of pictures representing syllables and words
3.problem - a source of difficultyproblem - a source of difficulty; "one trouble after another delayed the job"; "what's the problem?"
difficulty - a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result; "serious difficulties were encountered in obtaining a pure reagent"
pressure point - where problems or difficulties are likely to occur; "a key pressure point in the controversy was the building permit"
can of worms - a source of unpredictable trouble and complexity
deep water - serious trouble
growing pains - problems that arise in enlarging an enterprise (especially in the early stages)
hydra - trouble that cannot be overcome by a single effort because of its many aspects or its persistent and pervasive quality; "we may be facing a hydra that defies any easy solution"
matter - a problem; "is anything the matter?"

problem

noun
1. difficulty, trouble, dispute, plight, obstacle, dilemma, headache (informal), disagreement, complication, predicament, quandary, turf war (informal) the economic problems of the inner city
2. puzzle, question, riddle, enigma, conundrum, teaser, poser, brain-teaser (informal) a mathematical problem
adjective
1. difficult, disturbed, troublesome, unruly, delinquent, uncontrollable, intractable, recalcitrant, intransigent, unmanageable, disobedient, ungovernable, refractory, maladjusted Sometimes a problem child is placed in a special school.
Proverbs
"A problem shared is a problem halved"

problem

noun
A situation that presents difficulty, uncertainty, or perplexity:
Informal: can of worms.
Translations
مَسْأله حِسابيَّهمُشْكِلَةمُشْكِلَه
problém
problemopgave
problemo
harjutuskitsikusküsimusmõistatusmure
مشکل
ongelma
problem
bajfeladatgondprobléma
dæmivandamál
問題
문제
problemiškas
problēmauzdevumsgrūti audzināms bērns
problémový
problemtežava
problemпроблем
problem
ปัญหา
vấn đề

problem

[ˈprɒbləm]
A. N (gen) (also Math) → problema m
what's the problem?¿cuál es el problema?
that's your problemeso es problema tuyo
it's not my problemno es problema mío
loneliness isn't the problemel problema no está en or no es la soledad
the problem is that she can't cookel problema es que no sabe cocinar
his problem is that he's never satisfiedsu problema es que nunca está satisfecho
he has a drink problemtiene problemas con la bebida, bebe demasiado
she has a serious drug problemtiene graves problemas con las drogas
this will not solve America's drug problemesto no solucionará el problema de las drogas en América
the real problem for the police is the lack of fundingel verdadero problema de la policía es la escasez de fondos
that presents a big problem for schoolseso supone un gran problema para las escuelas
he shouldn't have a or any problem finding a jobno le será difícil encontrar trabajo
phone me if you have any problemsllámame si tienes cualquier problema
I had no problem getting a mortgageno tuve problemas para conseguir una hipoteca
he's having problems deciding what subjects to studyle está costando decidir qué asignaturas estudiar
do you have a problem with that?¿te molesta?
I have no problem with the ordination of womenno tengo nada en contra de la ordenación de las mujeres
health problemsproblemas mpl de salud
to have a heart problemtener problemas de corazón
the housing problemel problema de la vivienda
no problem! (= of course) → ¡claro!, ¡cómo no!; (= it doesn't matter) → ¡no importa!, ¡no hay problema!
the problem of how to fund educationel problema de cómo financiar la enseñanza
we've still got the problem of what to give them for lunchaún nos queda por solucionar el problema de qué darles para comer
to have a weight problemtener problemas de peso
the problem with men is thatlo malo de los hombres es que ...
B. CPD problem case N (Med, Sociol) → caso m difícil
problem child Nniño/a m/f problemático/a
problem drinker N he's a problem drinkertiene problemas con la bebida
problem drinking N his problem drinking is wrecking his marriagesus problemas con la bebida están destrozando su matrimonio
problem family Nfamilia f con problemas
problem page Nconsultorio m sentimental
problem play Ndrama m de tesis
problem solving Nresolución f de problemas

problem

[ˈprɒbləm]
n (= difficulty) → problème m
the main problem was that ... → le problème principal était que ...
what's the problem? → qu'y a-t-il?, quel est le problème?
no problem! → pas de problème!
to have problems with sb/sth → avoir des problèmes avec qn/qch
to have no problem doing sth → n'avoir aucun mal à faire qch
I had no problem finding her → Je n'ai eu aucun mal à la trouver.
(mathematical)problème m
a mathematical problem → un problème mathématique
modif [family, child] → à problèmes
a problem drinker → une personne ayant un problème d'alcool
a problem gambler → un(e) joueur/euse maladif/ive, un(e) joueur/euse pathologique problem areaproblem area nzone f de problèmes

problem

nProblem nt; (Math: as school exercise) → Aufgabe f; (= problematic area)Problematik f; what’s the problem?wo fehlt’s?; he’s got a drink(ing) problemer trinkt (zu viel); to have no problem with somethingkein Problem or keine Schwierigkeiten mit etw haben, etw nicht problematisch finden; I had no problem in getting the moneyich habe das Geld ohne Schwierigkeiten bekommen; no problem! (inf)kein Problem!; the whole problem of modernizationdie ganze Modernisierungsproblematik; problem areaProblembereich m

problem

:
problem child
nProblemkind nt
problem family
nProblemfamilie f
problem-oriented
adj (Comput) → problemorientiert
problem page
nProblemseite f
problem play
nProblemstück nt
problem-solving
nProblemlösung f; problem skillsProblemlösungsfähigkeit f

problem

[ˈprɒbləm]
1. n (also) (Math) → problema m
to have problems with the car → avere dei problemi con la macchina
my son is a problem → mio figlio è un problema
the housing problem → la crisi degli alloggi
to have a drinking problem → avere il vizio del bere
I had no problem in finding her → non mi è stato difficile trovarla
what's the problem? → che cosa c'è?
no problem! → ma certamente!, non c'è problema!
it's not my problem → è un affare che non mi riguarda
that's no problem for/to him → per lui non è un problema
2. adj (child, family) → difficile

problem

(ˈprobləm) noun
1. a difficulty; a matter about which it is difficult to decide what to do. Life is full of problems; (also adjective) a problem child.
2. a question to be answered or solved. mathematical problems.
ˌprobleˈmatic(al) (-ˈmӕ-) adjective

problem

مُشْكِلَة problém problem Problem πρόβλημα problema ongelma problème problem problema 問題 문제 probleem problem problem problema проблема problem ปัญหา sorun vấn đề 问题

prob·lem

n. problema; cuestión; trastorno;
___ solvingsolución de ___ -s.

problem

n problema m
References in classic literature ?
That was a problem for Tom and he settled it in his own way.
Now Goosal can tell you," said Tal, evidently pleased that he had, in a measure, solved the problem caused by the burning of the professor's map.
He had begun an investigation, as he imagined, with the severe and equal integrity of a judge, desirous only of truth, even as if the question involved no more than the air-drawn lines and figures of a geometrical problem, instead of human passions, and wrongs inflicted on himself.
Yet when he at last arrived, the difficulty of applying them, the accumulations of my problem, were brought straight home to me by the beautiful little presence on which what had occurred had as yet, for the eye, dropped neither stain nor shadow.
it should still remain a problem, whether these spoutings are, after all, really water, or nothing but vapor --this is surely a noteworthy thing.
He had come to America as full of hope as the best of them; and now he was the chief problem that worried his son.
To have a great gang of seven hundred, whom I could not know personally, or feel any individual interest in, bought and driven, housed, fed, worked like so many horned cattle, strained up to military precision,--the question of how little of life's commonest enjoyments would keep them in working order being a constantly recurring problem,--the necessity of drivers and overseers,--the ever-necessary whip, first, last, and only argument,--the whole thing was insufferably disgusting and loathsome to me; and when I thought of my mothcr's estimate of one poor human soul, it became even frightful!
Wherefore, being a practical Connecticut man, I now shoved this whole problem clear out of my mind till its appointed day and hour should come, in order that I might turn all my attention to the circumstances of the present moment, and be alert and ready to make the most out of them that could be made.
She rested her elbow on her knee and her chin on her hand and took that problem under deep consideration.
He was now awaiting for the twins, and still puzzling over the problem of who that girl might be, and how she happened to be in that young fellow's room at daybreak in the morning.
I examined, too, in thought, the possibility of my ever being able to translate currently a certain little French story which Madame Pierrot had that day shown me; nor was that problem solved to my satisfaction ere I fell sweetly asleep.
Noel Vanstone had solved his pecuniary problem at last.