- The definition of a problem is something that has to be solved or an unpleasant or undesirable condition that needs to be corrected.
- An example of a problem is an algebra equation.
- An example of a problem is when it is raining and you don't have an umbrella.
problem definition by Webster's New World
- a question proposed for solution or consideration
- a question, matter, situation, or person that is perplexing or difficult
- Math. a proposition requiring solution by mathematical operations, constructions, etc.
Origin: Middle English probleme ; from Middle French ; from Classical Latin problema ; from Classical Greek problēma ; from proballein, to throw forward ; from pro-, forward plush ballein, to throw, drive: see pro- and amp; ball
- presenting a problem of human conduct or social relationships: a problem novel
- very difficult to deal with; esp., very difficult to train or discipline: a problem child
problem definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A question to be considered, solved, or answered: math problems; the problem of how to arrange transportation.
- A situation, matter, or person that presents perplexity or difficulty: was having problems breathing; considered the main problem to be his boss. See Usage Note at dilemma.
- A misgiving, objection, or complaint: I have a problem with his cynicism.
- Difficult to deal with or control: a problem child.
- Dealing with a moral or social problem: a problem play.
Origin: Middle English probleme, from Old French, from Latin problēma, problēmat-, from Greek, from proballein, to throw before, put forward : pro-, before; see pro-2 + ballein, blē-, to throw; see gwelə- in Indo-European roots.
problem - Phrases/Idioms
have a problem withInformal
- to be unable to understand or do she has a problem with French verbs
- to disagree with; disapprove of I have a problem with your plans to paint the kitchen purple