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Problem appears in the following pangram (a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • Fix problem quickly with galvanized jets. (35 letters)
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Usage statistics for the noun problem:

spoken English50.18%written English49.82% conversational speech22.18%task-oriented speech77.82% imaginative writing21.54%informational writing78.46%
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Problem is sometimes a misspelling of problems.

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Definition of the noun problem

What does problem mean as a name of something?

Problem is one of the top 50 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: problems

  1. a state of difficulty that needs to be resolved
    • examples: she and her husband are having problems | urban problems such as traffic congestion and smog
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of problem: job
    • more generic word: difficulty = a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome
    • more specific terms:
      • race problem = a social and political problem caused by conflict between races occupying the same or adjacent regions
      • balance-of-payments problem = an economic problem caused by payments for imports being greater than receipts for exports
  2. a question raised for consideration or solution
    • example: our homework consisted of ten problems to solve
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic words: head / question = the subject matter at issue
    • more specific terms:
  3. a source of difficulty
    • example: what's the problem?
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonym of problem: trouble
    • more generic word: difficulty = a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result
    • more specific terms:
      • pressure point = where problems or difficulties are likely to occur
      • can of worms = a source of unpredictable trouble and complexity
      • deep water = serious trouble
      • growing pains = problems that arise in enlarging an enterprise
      • hydra = trouble that cannot be overcome by a single effort because of its many aspects or its persistent and pervasive quality
      • matter = a problem

Specialised definition of the noun problem

Glossary of management / IT service management / change management

the underlying cause of multiple occurrences of incidents; also, a serious incident

Glossary of management / IT service management / problem management

a condition identified from multiple incidents exhibiting common symptoms, or from a single significant incident, indicative of a single error, for which the cause is unknown


Who is Problem?

Problem: Jason Martin, better known by his stage name, Problem is an American rapper. He has released nine mixtapes in his career with the most recent being The Separation which was released on June 13, 2013. His debut retail project, an EP named Understand Me, was released on December 10, 2013. He is best known for his single "Like Whaaat" and for featuring on E-40's "Function".


Problem is a musical group.

  • members:
  • albums: "Problem", "Va har jag gjort", "Fork", "Jag vill inte ha", "Vild mun", "Nån som du", "Gandhis bar", "90 000", "Central stimulering", "Kroppsvisit", "Underkastelse / Gräshoppa", "Huller om buller"


  1. "Problem" is a song recorded by American singer Ariana Grande, featuring Australian rapper Iggy Azalea. The song was released by Republic Records on April 28, 2014, as the lead single from Grande's second studio album My Everything. The song was written by Grande, Azalea, Savan Kotecha, Ilya and Max Martin and the latter two co-produced it with Shellback. "Problem" is an uptempo dance-pop and R&B song which comprises a melody based on drums, saxophone loops, and trumpets. The chorus features uncredited background vocals from American hip hop artist Big Sean. Lyrically, Grande has stated that the song is about "the feeling of being absolutely terrified to re-approach a relationship that's gone sour -- but you want to more than anything.
  2. "Problem" is a song by the Serbian new wave band Šarlo Akrobata, from the album Bistriji ili tuplji čovek biva kad..., released in 1981.
  3. "Problem" is a single by Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea.
    • released on
  4. Problem: The music video of the Problem song by Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea.
  5. "Problem" is a musical album of Problem.
    • released in (38 years ago)
  6. "Problem" is a musical single of Natalia Kills.
    • released on
  7. "Problem" is a musical EP of Problem.
    • released in (38 years ago)
  8. "Problem" is a musical single of Dennis Brown.
    • released in (11 years ago)


  1. Problem was a British Thoroughbred racehorse and broodmare who won the classic 1000 Guineas at Newmarket in 1826. After winning the classic on her first appearance on a racecourse, Problem was beaten on her next five starts before returning to form to win two match races at Newmarket 1827. After her retirement, Problem became a successful and influential broodmare.
  2. Problem is a cataloged instance, musical recording.

Phrases with Problem

Phrases starting with the word Problem:

  1. Problem Child
  2. Problem Space
  3. Problem-Solve
  4. problem solver
  5. problem solving

Phrases ending with the word Problem:

  1. No problem
  2. Open problem
  3. race problem
  4. Word problem
  5. Basel Problem
  6. Drink Problem
  7. health problem
  8. Halting problem
  9. homework problem
  10. Is-Ought Problem
  11. Two-body problem
  12. Alhazen's Problem
  13. Champagne Problem
  14. Fencepost Problem
  15. Year 2000 problem

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Problem

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Google previewMedicinal Chemistry - Fusion of Traditional and Western Medicine (2013)

by Robert E. Smith

One possible emerging problem is the likelihood that the virus that causes the flu in birds or pigs will mutate to a form that can easily...

Google previewIssues in Economics (2008)

An Introduction by James B. Herendeen

The problem is that there is little relationship between per-pupil spending and the quality of the schools. Progress is being made on...

Google previewEnduring Questions in Gerontology (2005)

by Debra J. Sheets, RN, PhD, Dana Burr Bradley, PhD, Jon Hendricks, PhD

A related problem is the role of pharmaceutical development in geriatrics...

Google previewBackground Papers on Industry’s Changing Role in Health Care Delivery (2012)

by R.H. Egdahl

A second problem is the difficulty of inducing permanent changes in behavior patterns. For example, it is a common observation that the ...

Google previewAnti-Aging Therapeutics (2012)

by A4m American Academy

The problem is that the human body was designed for a certain environment and way of living.

Google previewSelected Areas in Cryptography (2007)

13th International Workshop, SAC 2006, Montreal, Canada, August 17-18, 2006, Revised Selected Papers by Eli Biham, Amr M. Youssef

The message recovery problem is an ad-hoc problem, assumed to be hard, but potentially easier than factoring. To setup...

Although the hardness of the factoring problem is an important open problem, it is known to be easy by using quantum ...

Google previewCombinatorial Pattern Matching (2014)

25th Annual Symposium, CPM 2014, Moscow, Russia, June 16-18, 2014. Proceedings by Alexander S. Kulikov, Sergei O. Kuznetsov, Pavel Pevzner

The Consensus String Problem is that of finding a string, such that the maximum Hamming distance from it to a given set of strings of the same length is minimized . However, a generalization is necessary for clustering. One needs to consider a ...

Google previewNoncognitivism in Ethics (2010)

by Mark Schroeder

As we've seen, the Frege–Geach problem is a very central issue that has faced noncognitivist theories, and it has occupied most of our attention, as well as much of the attention of the literature. But noncognitivist theories also face significant ...

Google previewA Textbook of Physical Chemistry (2012)

by Arthur Adamson

The pedagogical problem is a complex one, however; it is also one that shifts with time. We have seen the...

The problem is that it is very easy to add new material to a course, and very difficult to avoid making it just an addition. The older ...

Google previewNations and Firms in the Global Economy (2006)

An Introduction to International Economics and Business by Steven Brakman

The adverse selection problem refers to the situation where the supplier of external finance through its own actions ends...

The problem is that the firms with less risky investment projects may as a result drop out of the pool of the applicants for ...

Google previewBreaking the Constraints to World-class Performance (1998)

by H. William Dettmer

A core problem is a unique kind of root cause.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Microcomputers (2002)

Volume 28 (Supplement 7) by Allen Kent, James G. Williams

PROBLEM. IN. HYPERTEXT. 1NTRODUCT1ON The World Wide Web (known as the Web) has become a ubiquitous tool, used in day- to-day work, to find information and conduct business, and it is revolutionizing the role and availability of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Juvenile Violence (2007)

by Laura L. Finley

Finley PROBLEM BEHAVIOR SYNDROME (PBS). Problem behavior syndrome (PBS) is the phrase used to describe the tendency for a number of distinct negative characteristics of youth and adolescents to cluster together. As youth ...

Google previewBiographical Dictionary of Psychology (2002)

by Noel Sheehy, Antony J. Chapman, Wendy A. Conroy

d'ZuriIla l973 Cognitive processes, problem solving, and effective behavior. In M.R. Goldfried and M. Merbaum tedsi. Behavior Change through Self- control. Hoh, Rinehan & Winston twith M.R. Gold friedi. l975 Behavioral approaches to mantal ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology (2001)

by Allen Kent, James G. Williams

PROBLEM. Computer Automation (Ireland) Ltd (CAIL) is a manufacturer of printed circuit boards and commercial computers, located on an industrial estate in Dublin. The company began experiencing difficulty in matching the productivity of its ...

Google previewAn Introductory Dictionary of Theology and Religious Studies (2007)

by Orlando O. Espín, James B. Nickoloff

EVIL, PROBLEM OF conviction that the world as created is good and that a plentitude of good /being resides in creation as a whole. Ontologically, the Augustinian and Thomist traditions define evil as privatio boni, an "absence of the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design (1978)

Volume 5 - Blowers to Calcination by John J. McKetta Jr

Chemical Engineering Student Design Problem Each year the American Institute of Chemical Engineers arranges for industry to prepare typical design problems. These are used as design assignments in many colleges. The best solutions ...

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Usage statistics about problem

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun problem:

spoken English50.18%written English49.82% conversational speech22.18%task-oriented speech77.82% imaginative writing21.54%informational writing78.46%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun problem:


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Quotes about Problem

The problem we are dealing with at the border is not a Democratic problem. It is not a Republican problem. It is an American problem. (J.D. Hayworth)
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Scrabble value of P3R1O1B3L1E1M3

The value of this 7-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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