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(1)   The semantic role of the noun phrase whose referent exists only by virtue of the activity denoted by the verb in the clause
(2)   A statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem
"They were trying to find a peaceful solution"
"The answers were in the back of the book"
"He computed the result to four decimal places"
(3)   Something that results
"He listened for the results on the radio"
(4)   A phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon
"The magnetic effect was greater when the rod was lengthwise"
"His decision had depressing consequences for business"
"He acted very wise after the event"


(5)   Issue or terminate (in a specified way, state, etc.); end
"Result in tragedy"
(6)   Have as a result or residue
"The water left a mark on the silk dress"
"Her blood left a stain on the napkin"


Recorded in English since 1432, from medieval resultare "to result", in classical Latin "to spring forward, rebound", the frequentative of the past participle of resilire "to rebound", itself from re- "back" + salire "to jump, leap"


  1. To proceed, spring or rise, as a consequence, from facts, arguments, premises, combination of circumstances, consultation, thought or endeavor.
  2. To come out, or have an issue; to terminate; to have consequences; -- followed by in; as, this measure will result in good or in evil.
  3. To return to the proprietor (or heirs) after a reversion



  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; as, the result of a course of action; the result of a mathematical operation.
  2. The fruit, beneficial or tangible effect(s) achieved by effort
  3. The decision or determination of a council or deliberative assembly; a resolve; a decree.