verb (used without object)

  1. to spring, arise, or proceed as a consequence of actions, circumstances, premises, etc.; be the outcome.
  2. to terminate or end in a specified manner or thing.


  1. something that happens as a consequence; outcome.
  2. Mathematics. a quantity, expression, etc., obtained by calculation.
  3. Often results. a desirable or beneficial consequence, outcome, or effect: We had definite results within weeks.
  1. get results, to obtain a notable or successful result or response; be effective.


  1. something that ensues from an action, policy, course of events, etc; outcome; consequence
  2. a number, quantity, or value obtained by solving a mathematical problem
  3. US a decision of a legislative body
  4. (often plural) the final score or outcome of a sporting contest
  5. a favourable result, esp a victory or success

verb (intr)

  1. (often foll by from) to be the outcome or consequence (of)
  2. (foll by in) to issue or terminate (in a specified way, state, etc); endto result in tragedy
  3. 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.

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