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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 resulted
  • For more than two millennia, people had lamented that deforestation had resulted in rising temperatures.
  • His food-sourcing methods have resulted in kitchen creations such as owl curry and badger stew.
  • Not only would this have provided viewers with a little more context, but it might have resulted in a better overall show.
  • Then came the application of that knowledge, and a far, far better and more civilized world resulted.
  • The changes in our thinking that have resulted from this one fact cannot be overemphasized.
  • Pictures of green beans and carrots on cafeteria trays resulted in more kids eating more veggies.
  • The many craters are thought to have resulted from collisions with smaller objects.
  • The series resulted in the governor placing a moratorium on capital punishment in the state.
  • Evolution may have resulted in smarter people being more inclined to nontraditional values, a new study suggests.
  • Some aspects of rampant consumerism have resulted in startling anomalies.
British Dictionary definitions for resulted


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 resulted



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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