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This page has 11 definitions of result in English. Result is a verb, noun and interjection. Examples of how to use result in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .



Recorded since 1432 as Middle English resulten, from Medieval Latin resultare, in Classical Latin "to spring forward, rebound", the frequentative of the past participle of resilio (to rebound), from re- (back) + salio (to jump, leap).


  • IPA(key): /ɹɪˈzʌlt/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌlt
  • Hyphenation: re‧sult


result (third-person singular simple present results, present participle resulting, simple past and past participle resulted) (intransitive)

  1. To proceed, spring up or rise, as a consequence, from facts, arguments, premises, combination of circumstances, consultation, thought or endeavor.
    • 1671, John Tillotson, “Sermon IV. The Advantages of Religion to Particular Persons. Psalm XIX. 11.”, in The Works of the Most Reverend Dr. John Tillotson, Late Lord Archbishop of Canterbury: [], 8th edition, London: [] T. Goodwin, B[enjamin] Tooke, and J. Pemberton, []; J. Round [], and J[acob] Tonson] [], published 1720, →OCLC:
      Pleasure and peace do naturally result from a holy and good life.
  2. (intransitive, followed by "in") To have as a consequence; to lead to; to bring about
    This measure will result in good or in evil.
    • 2011 October 23, Phil McNulty, “Man Utd 1-6 Man City”, in BBC Sport:
      United's hopes of mounting a serious response suffered a blow within two minutes of the restart when Evans, who had endured a miserable afternoon, lost concentration and allowed Balotelli to steal in behind him. The defender's only reaction was to haul the Italian down, resulting in an inevitable red card.
    • 2013 May-June, Katrina G. Claw, “Rapid Evolution in Eggs and Sperm”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 3:
      In plants, the ability to recognize self from nonself plays an important role in fertilization, because self-fertilization will result in less diverse offspring than fertilization with pollen from another individual.
  3. (law) To return to the proprietor (or heirs) after a reversion.
  4. (obsolete) To leap back; to rebound.


  • (to proceed, spring, or rise, as a consequence): follow, arise

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result (plural results)

  1. That which results; the conclusion or end to which any course or condition of things leads, or which is obtained by any process or operation; consequence or effect.
    the result of a course of action;  the result of a mathematical operation
    • 2013 May 25, “No hiding place”, in The Economist[1], volume 407, number 8837, page 74:
      In America alone, people spent $170 billion on “direct marketing”—junk mail of both the physical and electronic varieties—last year. Yet of those who received unsolicited adverts through the post, only 3% bought anything as a result. If the bumf arrived electronically, the take-up rate was 0.1%. And for online adverts the “conversion” into sales was a minuscule 0.01%.
  2. The final product, beneficial or tangible effect(s) achieved by effort.
  3. The decision or determination of a council or deliberative assembly; a resolve; a decree.
    • 1667, John Milton, “(please specify the book number)”, in Paradise Lost. [], London: [] [Samuel Simmons], [], →OCLC; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, →OCLC:
      Then of their session ended they bid cry / With trumpet's regal sound the great result.
  4. (obsolete) A flying back; resilience.
    • 1631, Francis [Bacon], “(please specify |century=I to X)”, in Sylua Syluarum: Or A Naturall Historie. In Ten Centuries. [], 3rd edition, London: [] William Rawley; [p]rinted by J[ohn] H[aviland] for William Lee [], →OCLC:
      Sound is produced between the string and the air by the return or the result of the string.
  5. (sports) The final score in a game.
    • 1935, George Goodchild, chapter 3, in Death on the Centre Court:
      It had been his intention to go to Wimbledon, but as he himself said: “Why be blooming well frizzled when you can hear all the results over the wireless. And results are all that concern me. […]”
    • 2011 September 24, David Ornstein, “Arsenal 3 - 0 Bolton”, in BBC Sport[2]:
      The Gunners boss has been heavily criticised for his side's poor start to the Premier League season but this result helps lift the pressure.
  6. (by extension) A positive or favourable outcome for someone.


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  1. (UK) An exclamation of joy following a favorable outcome.
    Synonym: get in
    • 1997, Jane Owen, Camden girls, page 117:
      'Yes! Result! Game on!' He leans forward to a mike fixed over the desk and presses one of the []
    • 2002, Lissa Evans, Spencer's List, →ISBN, page 28:
      'Yes! Result, Nick!' He heard a distant cheer. 'Right, well I'll give you a ring on Saturday, make the arrangements.
    • 2006, Trooper 7H, Hong Kong Revisited, →ISBN, page 34:
      I was lucky enough to win by a knock-out in the second round - My opponent was Tpr McAdoo - HQ squadron won by nine fights to three (21pts to 15pts) - YES! RESULT.
    • 2010 April 10, Amy Pond, in The Beast Below (series 5, episode 2), written by Steven Moffat:
      (picking a lock) I wonder what I did...
      (the lock opens) Hey hey, result!