Definition of result in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈzəlt/


1A consequence, effect, or outcome of something: the tower collapsed as a result of safety violations
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  • And as a result of all this activity the company has delayed the announcement of its interim results, which were due out today.
  • Consequently no charges will be forthcoming as a result of the investigation.
  • What we therefore see in the final concert is the result of hours and hours of preparation.
consequence, outcome, product, upshot, sequel, effect, reaction, repercussion, ramification, conclusion, culmination
verdict, decision, outcome, conclusion, judgment, findings, ruling
1.1An item of information obtained by experiment or some other scientific method; a quantity or formula obtained by calculation.
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  • Tom began talking quantifiable results… hard scientific evidence that would prove the surgery would work.
  • However, as will become evident, the results of the experiment are so strong that our mistake could not have made any difference.
  • If the result of the calculation is correct, the information transferred is correct.
answer, solution;
sum, total, product
1.2 (often results) A final score, mark, or placing in a sporting event or examination.
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  • A panel of choreographers, artistic directors, and former dancers tallies these results into a final score.
  • My final term results reflected an excellent score and I somehow managed to secure a modest job.
  • Their exam results at the final test were the highest and they deserved one little prize.
grade, score, mark
1.3 (often results) A satisfactory or favorable outcome of an undertaking or contest: determination and persistence guarantee results
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  • Avoid professionals who guarantee results or claim they can get you larger refunds than other preparers.
  • Part of the reason is because, as the mutual fund ads say, past performance is no guarantee of future results.
  • Obviously past performance does not guarantee similar future results.
1.4 (usually results) The outcome of a business’s trading over a given period, expressed as a statement of profit or loss: oil companies have reported markedly better results
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  • Elan is in the closed period before it reports results for the first quarter of 2003.
  • Analysts are not expecting any surprises in the hotel group's results following its pre-closed period trading statement in April.
  • Psion itself reported impressive results showing a 47 per cent increase in sales over the same period last year.


[no object]
1Occur or follow as the consequence of something: government unpopularity resulting from the state of the economy (as adjective resulting) talk of a general election and the resulting political uncertainty
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  • Political instability has resulted from the inability of leaders to gain support outside their regional bases.
  • The indirect effect is the wealth effect resulting from having more equity in a home.
  • Denmark's book resulted from a multidisciplinary exercise involving academics from different countries.
follow from, ensue from, develop from, stem from, spring from, arise from, derive from, evolve from, proceed from;
occur from, happen from, take place from, come about from;
be caused by, be brought about by, be produced by, originate in, be consequent on
end in, culminate in, finish in, terminate in, lead to, prompt, precipitate, trigger;
cause, bring about, occasion, effect, give rise to, produce, engender, generate
literary beget
1.1 (result in) Have (a specified end or outcome): talks in July had resulted in stalemate
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  • The group continues to generate cash and a new warehouse will result in significant cost savings.
  • Self-management promotes worker responsibility and results in workers taking on a higher workload.
  • This method of calculating payments results in higher costs should you repay your loan early.


without result

In vain: Danny had inquired about getting work, without result
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  • Police have made house-to-house inquiries, sent witness appeal letters to holidaymakers staying in the area and traced walkers using the Pennine Way at the time, as well as searching national missing person records, but without result.
  • They are also trying to find clues through other South East Asian communities, visiting London's Chinatown and issuing appeals in Chinese language newspapers and on cable TV channels, so far without result.
  • I intuited that the adventure would be defined by eight hours of smelling diesel exhaust and watching hooks drag through the water without result.


Late Middle English (as a verb): from medieval Latin resultare 'to result', earlier in the sense 'spring back', from re- (expressing intensive force) + saltare (frequentative of salire 'to jump'). The noun dates from the early 17th century.

  • resilient from mid 17th century:

    This is from Latin resilire ‘leap back’. The first senses recorded were ‘returning to the original position’ and ‘looking back’; the prime current sense, for someone who bounces back under pressure dates from the early 19th century. Result (Late Middle English) developed from a closely related Latin verb resultare ‘to spring back’.

Words that rhyme with result

consult, cult, exult, indult, insult, penult, ult

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Syllabification: re·sult

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