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English noun: problem

1. problem (state) a state of difficulty that needs to be resolved


SamplesShe and her husband are having problems.
It is always a job to contact him.
Urban problems such as traffic congestion and smog.


Synonymsjob


Broader (hypernym)difficulty


Narrower (hyponym)balance-of-payments problem, race problem

2. problem (communication) a question raised for consideration or solution


SamplesOur homework consisted of ten problems to solve.


Broader (hypernym)head, question


Narrower (hyponym)brain-teaser, case, conundrum, enigma, Gordian knot, homework problem, koan, mystifier, pons asinorum, poser, puzzle, puzzler, rebus, riddle, sticker, stumper, teaser, toughie

3. problem (cognition) a source of difficulty


SamplesOne trouble after another delayed the job.
What's the problem?.


Synonymstrouble


Broader (hypernym)difficulty


Narrower (hyponym)can of worms, deep water, growing pains, hydra, matter, pressure point









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