- probleme (obsolete)
From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin problema, from Ancient Greek πρόβλημα (próblēma, “anything thrown forward, hindrance, obstacle, anything projecting, a headland, promontory”), from προβάλλω (probállō, “to throw or lay something in front of someone, to put forward”), from προ- (pro-, “in front of”) + βάλλω (bállō, “to throw, to cast, to hurl”).
- A difficulty that has to be resolved or dealt with.
- She's leaving because she faced numerous problems to do with racism.
- 1915, Emerson Hough, The Purchase Price, Ch.I:
- “[…] it is not fair of you to bring against mankind double weapons ! Dangerous enough you are as woman alone, without bringing to your aid those gifts of mind suited to problems which men have been accustomed to arrogate to themselves.”
2014 March 7, Nicole Vulser, “Perfume manufacturers must cope with the scarcity of precious supplies”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 190, number 13, page 30:
- The perfume industry is facing a major problem: maintaining constant levels of quality is crucial, but it is increasingly difficult to obtain a regular supply of all the necessary natural ingredients.
- A question to be answered, schoolwork exercise.
- A puzzling circumstance.
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problem (not comparable)
- problem in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- problem in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- problem at OneLook Dictionary Search
- a problem
- a problem
- “problem” in Polish dictionaries at PWN
pròblēm m (Cyrillic spelling про̀бле̄м)
Audio (of "ett problem," meaning "a problem") (file)
- problem; difficulty
- problem; schoolwork exercise