WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
prob•lem /ˈprɑbləm/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. any question or matter involving doubt or difficulty:has financial and emotional problems.
  2. a statement requiring a solution, usually by means of mathematical operations:simple problems in addition.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. unwilling to cooperate;
    unruly:a problem child.
  1. no problem, (is used to express the speaker's willingness to do something):"Can you come to the meeting tomorrow?'' —"No problem.''

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
prob•lem  (probləm),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. any question or matter involving doubt, uncertainty, or difficulty.
  2. a question proposed for solution or discussion.
  3. [Math.]a statement requiring a solution, usually by means of a mathematical operation or geometric construction.
  4. no problem, (used as a conventional reply to a request or to express confirmation, affirmation, or gratitude).

  1. difficult to train or guide;
    unruly:a problem child.
  2. [Literature.]dealing with choices of action difficult either for an individual or for society at large:a problem play.
  • Greek próblēma origin, originally, obstacle, (akin to probállein to throw or lay before), equivalent. to pro- pro-2 + -blē-, variant stem of bállein to throw (compare parabola) + -ma noun, nominal suffix of result
  • Latin problēma
  • Middle English probleme 1350–1400
    • 1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged puzzle, riddle, enigma.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged certitude.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

problem /ˈprɒbləm/ n
  1. any thing, matter, person, etc, that is difficult to deal with, solve, or overcome
  2. (as modifier): a problem child
  3. a puzzle, question, etc, set for solution
  4. a statement requiring a solution usually by means of one or more operations or geometric constructions
  5. (modifier) designating a literary work that deals with difficult moral questions: a problem play
Etymology: 14th Century: from Late Latin problēma, from Greek: something put forward; related to proballein to throw forwards, from pro-² + ballein to throw

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