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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Center for Biological Diversity estimated the Guenoc Valley project would result in more than 30,000 metric tons of new greenhouse gas emissions each year. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, 10 Jan. 2022 School districts warn that the changes would result in small business owners and homeowners picking up the financial slack. cleveland, 9 Jan. 2022 Delta said Thursday that another round of storms headed for the Northeast would likely result in hundreds more cancellations. Alison Sider, WSJ, 7 Jan. 2022 The agency said that aviation hadn’t shown harmful interference would likely result from the change. Todd Shields,, 6 Jan. 2022 The next day, President Donald Trump warned Iran that any further attacks on U.S. assets would result in 52 strikes — one for each of the American hostages taken by Iran in 1979. San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Jan. 2022 Last spring, biologists with National Marine Fisheries Service predicted the policies would result in a massive die-off of salmon eggs due to drought conditions. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Jan. 2022 The Federal Aviation Administration warned on Thursday that rising infections among employees, including air traffic control staff, might result in delays. New York Times, 30 Dec. 2021 Biden warned Putin during a virtual meeting earlier this month that an invasion would result in serious consequences, such as harsh economic penalties and US military reinforcements on NATO's eastern flank. Natasha Bertrand, CNN, 29 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As a result, Pentland was shipped off to various facilities for troubled teens including reform schools, psychiatric institutions and a wilderness boot camp from ages 13-18. Emily Strohm,, 12 Jan. 2022 As a result, companies issue recalls for mislabeled products. Chris Smith, BGR, 12 Jan. 2022 As a result, the Academy membership has grown in ways that were unimaginable when Sidney received his Oscar in 1964. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Jan. 2022 Big Lots lowered its sales expectations for January as a result. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 12 Jan. 2022 The result of that work is an hour-long drama based in the Napa Valley that feeds OWN viewers the fun soapy moments that shows like The Haves and Have Nots and Greenleaf have served them for years. Keyaira Boone, Essence, 11 Jan. 2022 But Georgia defensive lineman Jordan Davis last week believes the result of the Dec. 4 meeting in Atlanta was not indicative of a talent gap between the two teams. Mike Rodak |, al, 10 Jan. 2022 The result of this overcrowding is a reorganization of the 3D shape of the entire genome of the developing brain. Megan Molteni, STAT, 9 Jan. 2022 The result of the flawed process by election novices, the county found, was to falsely malign county employees, call into question the validity of legitimate votes and damage the confidence of the electorate. Rosalind S. Helderman, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Jan. 2022

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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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English Language Learners Definition of result

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to happen because of something else that happened or was done before : to be caused by something else



English Language Learners Definition of result (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that is caused by something else that happened or was done before
: the final score or a description of who won and lost in a game, election, etc.
: a win especially in a soccer match


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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