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.

Primary Meanings of result

something that results
issue or terminate (in a specified way, state, etc.); end
a statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem
the semantic role of the noun phrase whose referent exists only by virtue of the activity denoted by the verb in the clause
Full Definitions of result

n 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

n 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

v 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

v come about or follow as a consequence

“nothing will result from this meeting”
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come about, fall out, go on, hap, happen, occur, pass, pass off, take place
come to pass

v 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
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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bring about, give rise, produce
cause to happen, occur or exist

n 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
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

n 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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