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Definition of result noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    caused by something
  1. 1[countable, uncountable] result (of something) a thing that is caused or produced because of something else She died as a result of her injuries. The failure of the company was a direct result of bad management. He made one big mistake, and, as a result, lost his job. The farm was flooded,with the result that most of the harvest was lost. The end result (= the final one) of her hard work was a place in medical school. This book is the result of 25 years of research. Language Bankbecause ofexplaining reasons The number of people with diabetes is growing, partly because of an increase in levels of obesity. The number of overweight children has increased dramatically in recent years, largely as a result of changes in diet and lifestyle. The increase in childhood obesity is largely due to/the result of changes in lifestyle and diet over the last twenty years. Many obese children are bullied at school on account of their weight. Part of the problem with treating childhood obesity stems from the fact that parents do not always recognize that their children are obese. Childhood obesity may be caused by genetic factors as well as environmental ones. Language Bankconsequentlydescribing the effect of something One consequence of changes in diet over recent years has been a dramatic increase in cases of childhood obesity. Many parents today do not have time to cook healthy meals for their children. Consequently/As a consequence, many children grow up eating too much junk food. Many children spend their free time watching TV instead of playing outside. As a result, more and more of them are becoming overweight. Last year, junk food was banned in schools. The effect of this has been to create a black market on the playground, with students bringing candy and snacks from home to sell to other students.
  2. of game/election
  3. 2[countable] result (of something) the final score or the name of the winner in a sports event, competition, election, etc. They will announce the result of the vote tonight. the election results the football results
  4. of test/research
  5. 3[countable] result (of something) the information that you get from a scientific test or piece of research the result of an experiment Topic CollocationsScientific Researchtheory formulate/advance a theory/hypothesis build/construct/create/develop a simple/theoretical/mathematical model develop/establish/provide/use a theoretical/conceptual framework/an algorithm advance/argue/develop the thesis that… explore an idea/a concept/a hypothesis make a prediction/an inference base a prediction/your calculations on something investigate/evaluate/accept/challenge/reject a theory/hypothesis/modelexperiment design an experiment/a questionnaire/a study/a test do research/an experiment/an analysis make observations/calculations take/record measurements carry out/conduct/perform an experiment/a test/a longitudinal study/observations/clinical trials run an experiment/a simulation/clinical trials repeat an experiment/a test/an analysis replicate a study/the results/the findings observe/study/examine/investigate/assess a pattern/a process/a behavior fund/support the research/project/study seek/provide/get/secure funding for researchresults collect/gather/extract data/information yield data/evidence/similar findings/the same results analyze/examine the data/soil samples/a specimen consider/compare/interpret the results/findings fit the data/model confirm/support/verify a prediction/a hypothesis/the results/the findings prove a conjecture/hypothesis/theorem draw/make/reach the same conclusions read/review the records/literature describe/report an experiment/a study present/publish/summarize the results/findings present/publish/read/review/cite a paper in a scientific journal
  6. success
  7. 4results [plural] things that are achieved successfully The project is beginning to show results. a coach who knows how to get results from his players
  8. Thesaurusresultconsequence outcome repercussionThese are all words for a thing that is caused because of something else.result a thing that is caused or produced by something else:She died as a result of her injuries. This book is the result of 25 years of research.consequence (somewhat formal) a result of something that has happened, especially a bad result:This decision could have serious consequences for the industry. Consequences is used most frequently to talk about possible negative results of an action. It is commonly used with such words as adverse, dire, disastrous, fatal, harmful, negative, serious, tragic, and unfortunate. Even when there is no adjective, consequences often suggests negative results.outcome the final result of an action or a process:We are waiting to hear the outcome of the negotiations.result or outcome?Result is often used to talk about things that are caused directly by something else:Aggression is often the result of fear.Outcome is more often used to talk about what happens at the end of a process, when the exact relation of cause and effect is less clear:Aggression is often the outcome of fear.Result is often used after an event to talk about what happened. Outcome is often used before an action or a process to talk about what is likely to happen.repercussion (somewhat formal) an indirect and usually bad result of an action or event that may happen some time afterwardPatterns to have consequences/repercussions for somebody/something with the result/consequence/outcome >that…> the possible result/consequences/outcome/repercussions the likely/inevitable result/consequences/outcome (a) negative results/consequences/outcome/repercussions far-reaching/serious results/consequences/repercussions to have a result/consequences/an outcome/repercussions
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