- 1A matter or situation regarded as unwelcome or harmful and needing to be dealt with and overcome: they have financial problems the problem of ageism in HollywoodMore example sentences
difficulty, issue, trouble, worry, complication, difficult situation, mess, muddle, mix-up; snag, hitch, drawback, stumbling block, obstacle, hurdle, hiccup, setback, catch; catch-22, vexed question, quandary, the rub; predicament, plight, can of worms, hornets' nest, Gordian knot; misfortune, mishap, misadventure• informal dilemma, headache, prob, hassle, pickle, fix, tight spot, fly in the ointment, how-do-you-do, job, gremlin, facerNorth American • informal katzenjammer• rare nodusnuisance, source of difficulty, bother, pest, source of trouble, irritant, thorn in one's side/flesh, vexation• vulgar slang pain in the arse
- 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.
- 1.1A thing that is difficult to achieve: motivation of staff can also be a problemMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2 Physics & Mathematics An inquiry starting from given conditions to investigate or demonstrate a fact, result, or law.More example sentences
- 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.
- 2.1 Geometry A proposition in which something has to be constructed. Compare with theorem.More example sentences
- 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
- 2.2(In chess) an arrangement of pieces in which the solver has to achieve a specified result.More example sentences
- 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.
have 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.
- 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.
that'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'.