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[ri-zuhlt] /rɪˈzʌlt/
verb (used without object)
to spring, arise, or proceed as a consequence of actions, circumstances, premises, etc.; be the outcome.
to terminate or end in a specified manner or thing.
something that happens as a consequence; outcome.
Mathematics. a quantity, expression, etc., obtained by calculation.
Often, results. a desirable or beneficial consequence, outcome, or effect:
We had definite results within weeks.
get results, to obtain a notable or successful result or response; be effective.
Origin of result
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English resulten (v.) < Anglo-Latin resultāre to arise as a consequence, Latin: to spring back, rebound, equivalent to re- re- + -sultāre, combining form of saltāre to dance (frequentative of salīre to leap, spring)
1. flow, come, issue. See follow. 2. resolve, eventuate. 3. conclusion, issue, end, product, fruit. See effect.
3. cause. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for result
  • If true, it is a result that would change the world.
  • The result is that almost two-thirds of the university's total tuition revenue comes from one-third of its students.
  • If the new result is confirmed, however, it should be able to do so.
  • Mirages are a direct result of photons taking the path of minimum time in vertical temperature gradients.
  • Methylmercury from the coast or surface, however, likely would be the result of industrial pollution.
  • By all accounts the result was a rich, full-flavored oil with a natural sweetness unobscured by bitter compounds from the pits.
  • The result was a conflagration lasting nearly four days.
  • The result would be immediate cuts in programs and personnel.
  • Colleges might benefit from the same sort of mandatory scrutiny-and the same result.
  • If that result applies to people as well as rodents, it opens up a whole avenue of possibility.
British Dictionary definitions for result


something that ensues from an action, policy, course of events, etc; outcome; consequence
a number, quantity, or value obtained by solving a mathematical problem
(US) a decision of a legislative body
(often pl) the final score or outcome of a sporting contest
a favourable result, esp a victory or success
verb (intransitive)
(often foll by from) to be the outcome or consequence (of)
(foll by in) to issue or terminate (in a specified way, state, etc); end: to result in tragedy
(property law) (of an undisposed or partially disposed of interest in land) to revert to a former owner when the prior interests come to an end
Word Origin
C15: from Latin resultāre to rebound, spring from, from re- + saltāre to leap
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Word Origin and History for result

early 15c., "occur as a result, arise as a consequence," from Medieval Latin resultare "to result," in classical Latin "to spring forward, rebound," frequentative of past participle of resilire "to rebound" (see resilience). Related: Resulted; resulting.


1620s, "action of springing back;" 1640s, "outcome, effect," from result (v.). Related: Results. Mathematical sense from 1771.

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