Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

consequence

 - definition
 
 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
noun [countable] consequence pronunciation in American English /ˈkɑnsəkwəns/ 
Word Forms
Close
singularconsequence
pluralconsequences
  1. a result or effect of something

    She said exactly what she felt, without fear of the consequences.

    consequence of:

    The consequence of such policies will inevitably be higher taxes.

    serious/disastrous/dire consequences:

    Climate change could have disastrous consequences for farmers.

    economic/social/health consequences:

    Consider the long-term health consequences carefully before deciding.

phrases

creep

used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

sandwich woman

a woman in middle age who has to juggle caring for teenage children and ageing parents with a career

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog