re·​sult | \ ri-ˈzəlt How to pronounce result (audio) \
resulted; resulting; results

Definition of result

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to proceed or arise as a consequence, effect, or conclusion death resulted from the disease
b : to have an issue or result the disease resulted in death



Definition of result (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something that results as a consequence, issue, or conclusion also : beneficial or tangible effect : fruit
2 : something obtained by calculation or investigation

Other Words from result


resultful \ ri-​ˈzəlt-​fəl How to pronounce result (audio) \ adjective
resultless \ ri-​ˈzəlt-​ləs How to pronounce result (audio) \ adjective

Examples of result in a Sentence

Verb If you take this drug, side effects may result. Noun The book is the result of years of hard work and dedication. The end result of his work was a classic American novel. The investigation continued without result.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But those methods may result in under-watering of your plants. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 28 July 2022 But the hyper-class and -racial consciousness that the AAMC wants to instill in doctors may result in worse care for minorities. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 26 July 2022 Conviction on the death counts could result in life sentences, but the Attorney General’s Office could authorize prosecutors to seek death penalties. Terry Wallace, Chicago Tribune, 21 July 2022 But too much fun in the sun can result in an experience that will make a winter snowstorm seem appealing. cleveland, 18 July 2022 Normal settling may result in a few visible hairline cracks but is no cause for concern. Robby Brown, Forbes, 15 July 2022 But a unilateral move by Spirit management to fly alone would likely result in lawsuits from shareholders and a movement to oust both CEO Ted Christie and the board of directors. David Lyons, Sun Sentinel, 13 July 2022 But making laws politically palatable to both sides of the aisle can result in narrow policy. Wired, 11 July 2022 But the end of this summer's travel season could result in an even bigger drop in demand for gas come fall, and an even bigger drop in prices. Chris Isidore, CNN, 16 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Forty-four percent of teachers reported that at least one student at their school has been contacted by law enforcement as a result of behaviors flagged by the monitoring software. Wired, 4 Aug. 2022 Those rulings set the stage for the trials this summer, in which monetary damages will be awarded to the families as a result of their victories. Elizabeth Williamson,, 4 Aug. 2022 The results were powered by coal prices, with earnings from this business hitting $8.9 billion, as prices jumped as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and as other energy sources became more expensive. Alistair Macdonald, WSJ, 4 Aug. 2022 There have been no policy changes as a result of the incident, said police spokeswoman Renee Oistad. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Aug. 2022 Known as fabric pills, these small fuzz or lint balls form on the surface of a fabric as a result of rubbing, machine-washing, and regular wear and tear. Maria Sabella, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Aug. 2022 Reams of paper and other analog processes won’t support quick turns as a result of external pressures. Gary Drenik, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 The Robinson Forest, an old and established forest with no impervious surfaces, still could not handle the streams with multiple watersheds flowing onto the land as a result of the downpour of precipitation, Barton said. Melissa Griffin, ABC News, 3 Aug. 2022 In recent years, untreated sewage has seeped into rivers and streams and the Long Island Sound as a result of system inadequacies, Patel said. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 3 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of result


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for result


Middle English, from Medieval Latin resultare, from Latin, to rebound, from re- + saltare to leap — more at saltation

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More Definitions for result


re·​sult | \ ri-ˈzəlt How to pronounce result (audio) \
resulted; resulting

Kids Definition of result

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to come about as an effect Flooding resulted from heavy rain.
2 : to end as an effect The storm resulted in tree damage.



Kids Definition of result (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something that comes about as an effect or end "I never heard of anyone dying as a result of lemon juice consumption" …— Ellen Raskin, The Westing Game
2 : a good effect This method gets results.

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