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.
- 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 plural) the final score or outcome of a sporting contest
- a favourable result, esp a victory or success
- (often foll by from) to be the outcome or consequence (of)
- (foll by in) to issue or terminate (in a specified way, state, etc); endto 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
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.