[ ri-zuhlt ]
/ rɪˈzʌlt /
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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.



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Idioms for result

    get results, to obtain a notable or successful result or response; be effective.

Origin of result

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English resulten (verb) from 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”)

synonym study for result

1. See follow. 3. See effect.
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British Dictionary definitions for result

/ (rɪˈzʌlt) /


verb (intr)

Word Origin for result

C15: from Latin resultāre to rebound, spring from, from re- + saltāre to leap
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