Definitions for problemˈprɒb ləm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

prob•lemˈprɒb 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.

  4. (adj.)difficult to train or guide; unruly:

    a problem child.

  5. Literature. dealing with difficult choices:

    a problem play.

    Category: Literature

Idioms for problem:

  1. no problem, (used as a conventional reply to a request or to an expression of gratitude):

    “Thanks a lot.”“No problem.”

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of problem:

1350–1400; ME probleme < L problēma < Gk próblēma orig., obstacle =probállein to throw or lay before (pro-pro -2+bállein to throw) +-ma n. suffix of result

Princeton's WordNet

  1. problem, job(noun)

    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"

  2. problem(noun)

    a question raised for consideration or solution

    "our homework consisted of ten problems to solve"

  3. trouble, problem(noun)

    a source of difficulty

    "one trouble after another delayed the job"; "what's the problem?"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. problem(noun)ˈɑɑbləm

    sth that causes difficulty

    There's a problem with the Internet connection.; the problem of underage drinking; If you have any problems, call me.

  2. problemˈɑɑbləm

    a puzzle or question for which you have to find an answer

    You have just 45 seconds to solve the problem.; a math problem

  3. problemˈɑɑbləm

    indicates you accept an apology

    "I'm sorry I can't help." "No problem, we have plenty of volunteers."

  4. problemˈɑɑbləm

    indicates you are willing to do sth

    "Can you be here by 8:00?" "No problem."


  1. problem(Noun)

    A difficulty that has to be resolved or dealt with.

  2. problem(Noun)

    A question to be answered, schoolwork exercise.

  3. problem(Noun)

    A puzzling circumstance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Problem(noun)

    a question proposed for solution; a matter stated for examination or proof; hence, a matter difficult of solution or settlement; a doubtful case; a question involving doubt

  2. Problem(noun)

    anything which is required to be done; as, in geometry, to bisect a line, to draw a perpendicular; or, in algebra, to find an unknown quantity


  1. Problem

    A problem is 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 inconsistency that prevents the outcome from taking place.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'problem' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #310

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'problem' in Written Corpus Frequency: #298

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'problem' in Nouns Frequency: #23

Translations for problem

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a difficulty; a matter about which it is difficult to decide what to do

Life is full of problems; (also adjective) a problem child.

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