A result is something that occurs as a consequence of some action. The result of your practical joke is a puddle of water on the floor and a lump on your cousin’s head where the bucket hit him.

A result is also the answer to some problem, especially one obtained by calculation or experimentation. The result you get for a math problem will be wrong if you add when you should multiply. The verb result means to follow as an outcome of some action. If you forget to book a room in advance, it will result in your having to stay at the hotel by the airport instead of one by the beach.

Definitions of result
  1. noun

    something that results

    “he listened for the
    results on the radio”
    final result, outcome, resultant, termination
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    the outcome of a complex sequence of events

    the type of treatment received (especially as the result of an agreement)

    the outcome of a game or contest

    (boxing) a victory won on points when no knockout has occurred
    aftermath, consequence

    the outcome of an event especially as relative to an individual
    just deserts, poetic justice

    an outcome in which virtue triumphs over vice (often ironically)

    the termination of employment (by resignation or dismissal)
    sequel, subsequence

    something that follows something else

    the least favorable outcome
    fair deal, square deal

    fair treatment
    raw deal

    unfair treatment
    split decision

    a boxing decision in which the judges are not unanimous

    a practical consequence that follows naturally
    comeupance, comeuppance, deserts

    an outcome (good or bad) that is well deserved

    the consequence of some effort or action

    a secondary consequence

    a series of consequences wrought by an event
    payoff, reward, wages

    a recompense for worthy acts or retribution for wrongdoing
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    conclusion, ending, finish

    event whose occurrence ends something

  2. noun

    a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon

    consequence, effect, event, issue, outcome, upshot
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    materialisation, materialization, offspring

    something that comes into existence as a result

    any result that follows its cause after an interval
    aftermath, backwash, wake

    the consequences of an event (especially a catastrophic event)
    bandwagon effect

    the phenomenon of a popular trend attracting even greater popularity

    the shattering or crushing effect of a sudden release of energy as in an explosion
    butterfly effect

    the phenomenon whereby a small change at one place in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere, e.g., a butterfly flapping its wings in Rio de Janeiro might change the weather in Chicago
    by-product, byproduct

    a secondary and sometimes unexpected consequence

    the result of alteration or modification
    coattails effect

    (politics) the consequence of one popular candidate in an election drawing votes for other members of the same political party
    Coriolis effect

    (physics) an effect whereby a body moving in a rotating frame of reference experiences the Coriolis force acting perpendicular to the direction of motion and to the axis of rotation; on Earth the Coriolis effect deflects moving bodies to the right in the northern hemisphere and to the left in the southern hemisphere

    an appreciable consequence (especially a lessening)
    domino effect

    the consequence of one event setting off a chain of similar events (like a falling domino causing a whole row of upended dominos to fall)

    the consequence of an effort or activity
    impact, wallop

    a forceful consequence; a strong effect

    the effect of one thing (or person) on another
    knock-on effect

    a secondary or incidental effect
    branch, offset, offshoot, outgrowth

    a natural consequence of development

    a consequence of someone’s efforts or of a particular set of circumstances
    placebo effect

    any effect that seems to be a consequence of administering a placebo; the change is usually beneficial and is assumed result from the person’s faith in the treatment or preconceptions about what the experimental drug was supposed to do; pharmacologists were the first to talk about placebo effects but now the idea has been generalized to many situations having nothing to do with drugs
    position effect

    (genetics) the effect on the expression of a gene that is produced by changing its location in a chromosome
    repercussion, reverberation

    a remote or indirect consequence of some action

    a result
    fallout, side effect

    any adverse and unwanted secondary effect

    (economics) any indirect effect of public expenditure

    (physics) a secondary influence on a system that causes it to deviate slightly

    a means of exerting influence or gaining advantage

    a tendency or force that influences events

    a response that reveals a person’s feelings or attitude

    a secondary phenomenon that is a by-product of another phenomenon
    depolarisation, depolarization

    a loss of polarity or polarization
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    any state or process known through the senses rather than by intuition or reasoning

  3. verb

    issue or terminate (in a specified way, state, etc.); end

    result in tragedy”
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    happen as a result
    be due, flow from

    be the result of
    fall out, follow

    come as a logical consequence; follow logically
    come after, follow

    come after in time, as a result
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    prove, turn out, turn up

    be shown or be found to be

  4. verb

    come about or follow as a consequence

    “nothing will
    result from this meeting”

  5. verb

    have as a result or residue

    lead, leave


    act or be so as to become in a specified state

    have left or have as a remainder
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    tend to or result in
    entail, implicate

    impose, involve, or imply as a necessary accompaniment or result

    cause to be a concomitant
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    achieve, beget, bring about, give rise, produce

    cause to happen, occur, or exist

  6. noun

    a statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem

    “he computed the
    result to four decimal places”
    answer, resolution, solution, solvent
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    the final resolution of the main complication of a literary or dramatic work
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    a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc

  7. noun

    the semantic role of the noun phrase whose referent exists only by virtue of the activity denoted by the verb in the clause

    resultant role
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    participant role, semantic role

    (linguistics) the underlying relation that a constituent has with the main verb in a clause

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