Definition of problem in English:
1A matter or situation regarded as unwelcome or harmful and needing to be dealt with and overcome: mental health problems [as modifier]: city planners consider it a problem district
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- 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.
informal headache, nightmare
1.1A thing that is difficult to achieve or accomplish: motivation of staff can also be a problem
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- 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.
- 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.
- 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 various games, especially chess) an arrangement of pieces in which the solver has to achieve a specified result.
- 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 help?” “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, or her, etc.) problem
- (Said with emphatic stress on pronoun) used to express one’s lack of interest in or sympathy with the problems or misfortunes of another person: 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.
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