Definition of problem in English:
- This is a good time to deal with earthy details, practical matters and health problems.
- However, you do clearly have a problem dealing with stressful situations.
- Workers have already been forced to look for other jobs due to financial and family problems.
- Manpower shortages and recruitment problems are creating serious difficulties in many areas of medicine.
- Searching for people is one of the most difficult problems for search engines.
- Climbing over the railings and down the steps was not a difficult problem.
- Among teenagers, however, many of the problem behaviors, such as general delinquency and drug use, occur only because an opportunity to indulge occurs, and because peers provide a means of learning.
- Investigators obtained court approval to evict the residents, a measure they said has proven effective in ending problem behaviour.
- Police and council officers have pledged to do even more to curb problem behaviour and will use new powers to help them.
- Under his influence Dirac worked on some problems in statistical mechanics.
- The conditions of many problems are stated carelessly and drawings are completely lacking.
- In fact the specific problem which he set out to solve was to find two mean proportionals between two straight lines.
- Book One discusses his laws of motion then proceeds to a series of propositions, theorems and problems.
- This work attempted to solve the problem of constructing a line of the same length as an arc of a circle.
- Problems in geometry whose solutions he had shown privately to colleagues were detailed in the book
- He then gave five problems involving the chess board as set up at the start of a game.
- Henry learnt to play chess at a young age and soon became interested in chess problems.
- The problem is White to play and mate in two moves against any Black defence.
- 1have a problem with
- Disagree with or have an objection to: I have no problem with shopping on SundaysMore example sentences
- I think he's having a problem with all the loud music.
- But surely if his counterparts have a problem with what he did, it will reflect badly on them, and not on him.
- Many writers have a problem with even hinting at the general tone of a piece ahead of time.
- 2no problem
- Used to express one’s agreement or acquiescence: ‘Can you come over here right away?’ ‘No problem.’More example sentences
- He stood in this chamber this morning and said he had no problem with what we were proposing.
- I can clear them over the weekend, no problem, and start a new week all clean, clear and busting to go.
- So last night I got to bed really early and managed to get to sleep no problem.
- 3that's your (or his, her, etc.) problem
- Used to express one’s lack of interest in or sympathy with another person’s problems: he’d made a mistake but that was his problemMore example sentences
- How you cope with ordinary bookstores thereafter, well, that's your problem.
- If you're getting fat from fast food, some politicians say that's your problem.
- If you live overseas and can't figure out the time difference, that's your problem.
Late Middle English (originally denoting a riddle or a question for academic discussion): from Old French probleme, via Latin from Greek problēma, from proballein 'put forth', from pro 'before' + ballein 'to throw'.
A problem was initially a riddle or puzzle, or a question put forward for academic discussion. ‘Put forward’ are the key words here, as the ancestor of the English word is the Greek verb proballein, ‘to throw out or put forth’. This Greek word is based on pro ‘forward’ and ballein ‘to throw’, also the source of ballistic.
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