What does problem mean?

Definitions for problem
ˈprɒb ləmprob·lem

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word problem.

Wiktionary

  1. problemnoun

    A difficulty that has to be resolved or dealt with.

  2. problemnoun

    A question to be answered, schoolwork exercise.

  3. problemnoun

    A puzzling circumstance.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. problem, jobnoun

    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. problemnoun

    a question raised for consideration or solution

    "our homework consisted of ten problems to solve"

  3. trouble, problemnoun

    a source of difficulty

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Problemnoun

    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

    Etymology: [F. problme, L. problema, fr. Gr. anything thrown forward, a question proposed for solution, fr. to throw or lay before; before, forward + to throw. Cf. Parable. ]

  2. Problemnoun

    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

    Etymology: [F. problme, L. problema, fr. Gr. anything thrown forward, a question proposed for solution, fr. to throw or lay before; before, forward + to throw. Cf. Parable. ]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Problem

    prob′lem, n. a matter difficult of settlement or solution: (geom.) a proposition in which something is required to be done.—adjs. Problemat′ic, -al, of the nature of a problem: questionable: doubtful.—adv. Problemat′ically.—v.i. Prob′lematise. [Fr.,—L.,—Gr. problēmapro, before, ballein, to throw.]

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    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

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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Veena
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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of problem in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of problem in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of problem in a Sentence

  1. John Kasich:

    Mark my words ... at some point it will require boots on the ground from the world to be able to deal with this problem.

  2. Richard Chazal:

    Cost is a problem, there is concern on the part of many clinicians that if patients are reasonably stable and one starts a new medicine then they may become discouraged by the cost and actually stop taking medication.

  3. Jimmy Sham:

    Regardless of the identity, ethnicity, skin color of the perpetrators, the root of the problem is the violence of the regime and the political system.

  4. Lori Lightfoot:

    We walked into a staggeringly large deficit for next year and what was worse we were not left with any credible plan on how to fix this massive problem.

  5. George Sabra:

    Bashar al-Assad and his regime is the root of the terrorism in Syria, i think what is happening in Vienna these days is a carnival of Middle Eastern states, making statements to meet their interests, not to meet the real problem in Syria.

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