Definitions for problemˈprɒb ləm
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
any question or matter involving doubt, uncertainty, or difficulty.
a question proposed for solution or discussion.
Math. a statement requiring a solution, usu. by means of a mathematical operation or geometric construction.
(adj.)difficult to train or guide; unruly:
a problem child.
Literature. dealing with difficult choices:
a problem play.
Idioms for problem:
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
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"
a question raised for consideration or solution
"our homework consisted of ten problems to solve"
a source of difficulty
"one trouble after another delayed the job"; "what's the problem?"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
sth that causes difficulty
There's a problem with the Internet connection.; the problem of underage drinking; If you have any problems, call me.
a puzzle or question for which you have to find an answer
You have just 45 seconds to solve the problem.; a math problem
indicates you accept an apology
"I'm sorry I can't help." "No problem, we have plenty of volunteers."
indicates you are willing to do sth
"Can you be here by 8:00?" "No problem."
A difficulty that has to be resolved or dealt with.
A question to be answered, schoolwork exercise.
A puzzling circumstance.
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
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
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
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'problem' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #310
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'problem' in Written Corpus Frequency: #298
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.
- problemaPortuguese (BR)
- das Problem, Problem-...German
- problem; problem-Danish
- πρόβλημα, δυσκολίαGreek
- مشکل؛ معضلFarsi
- problème; difficileFrench
- problema; difficileItalian
- sunkumas, problema; sunkusLithuanian
- grūti audzināms bērnsLatvian
- kłopot, problemPolish
- مشکل؛ معضلPersian
- problém; problémovýSlovak
- težava; težavenSlovenian
- problem, sorunTurkish
- 疑難問題Chinese (Trad.)
- مشکل، مسئلہUrdu
- vấn đề khó khănVietnamese
- 疑难问题Chinese (Simp.)
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