problem Definition

  • 1a matter or situation regarded as unwelcome or harmful and needing to be dealt with and overcome
  • 2a question raised for inquiry, consideration, or solution

Using problem: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "problem" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The problem of pollution needs to be addressed urgently.

  • Example

    We have a problem with the budget.

  • Example

    She has a drinking problem.

  • Example

    The math problem was too difficult for me.

problem Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for problem

Idioms Using problem

  • to make something seem more difficult or complicated than it really is


    He always makes a problem out of everything.

  • to have more important things to do or deal with


    I can't worry about that right now. I have bigger fish to fry.

  • to cause problems or difficulties that prevent something from happening in the way that was planned


    His sudden resignation threw a spanner in the works for the project.

Phrases with problem

  • to be unhappy about or opposed to something


    I have a problem with the way you are treating your employees.

  • used to say that something can be done or given without difficulty or that you are happy to do it


    Can you help me move this table? No problem!

  • used to introduce a statement that explains why something is difficult or impossible to do


    The problem is that we don't have enough money to buy a new car.

Origins of problem

from Middle English 'probleme', from Old French 'probleme', via Latin from Greek 'problēma', from 'proballein' meaning 'to throw something forward'


Summary: problem in Brief

The term 'problem' [ˈprɒbləm] refers to an unwelcome or harmful matter or situation that requires attention and resolution. It can also refer to a question or inquiry. Examples include 'The problem of pollution needs to be addressed urgently.' and 'She has a drinking problem.' Phrases like 'no problem' and idioms like 'have bigger fish to fry' are also common. 'Problem' can be formalized as 'issue' or 'difficulty,' or made informal as 'trouble' or 'hassle.'

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