HyperDic: problem

English > 3 senses of the word problem:
NOUNstateproblem, joba state of difficulty that needs to be resolved
communicationproblema question raised for consideration or solution
cognitionproblem, troublea source of difficulty
problem > pronunciation
Soundspraa'blahm
Rhymesabolitionism ... zirconium: 557 rhymes with ahm...
English > problem: 3 senses > noun 1, state
MeaningA state of difficulty that needs to be resolved.
Examples
  • "she and her husband are having problems"
  • "urban problems such as traffic congestion and smog"
Synonymjob
Narrowerbalance-of-payments problemAn economic problem caused by payments for imports being greater than receipts for exports
race problemA social and political problem caused by conflict between races occupying the same or adjacent regions
BroaderdifficultyA condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome
Spanishdificultad, problema
Catalandificultat, problema
Adjectivesproblematic, problematicalmaking great mental demands
English > problem: 3 senses > noun 2, communication
MeaningA question raised for consideration or solution.
Example"our homework consisted of ten problems to solve"
NarrowerGordian knotAny very difficult problem
caseA problem requiring investigation
homework problemA problem that students are assigned to do outside of class
koanA paradoxical anecdote or a riddle that has no solution
pons asinorumA problem that severely tests the ability of an inexperienced person
poser, stumper, toughie, stickerA particularly difficult or baffling question or problem
puzzle, puzzler, mystifier, teaserA particularly baffling problem that is said to have a correct solution
rebusA puzzle where you decode a message consisting of pictures representing syllables and words
riddle, conundrum, enigma, brain-teaserA difficult problem
Broaderquestion, headThe subject matter at issue
Spanishproblema
Catalanproblema
English > problem: 3 senses > noun 3, cognition
MeaningA source of difficulty.
Example "what's the problem?"
Synonymtrouble
Narrowercan of wormsA source of unpredictable trouble and complexity
deep waterserious trouble
growing painsproblems that arise in enlarging an enterprise (especially in the early stages / stages)
hydraTrouble that cannot be overcome by a single effort because of its many aspects or its persistent and pervasive quality
matterA problem
pressure pointWhere problems or difficulties are likely to occur
BroaderdifficultyA factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result
Spanishproblema
Catalanproblema
Adjectivesproblematicalopen to doubt or debate

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