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If I conduct an experiment and get results, and I can then relate those to real life in a way, what is the verb that this link to is doing?

My first thought was validate, but that isn't correct.

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In biomedical literature, basic science results that can be used in the real world of medicine have clinical implications, ie, doctors can use them when treating disease. J.R.'s suggestion of applicable is a good one. Maybe "These findings can be practically applied in the energy industry to cut greenhouse gas emissions without requiring motorists to add another complicated & expensive exhaust filter to their vehicles". –  user21497 May 10 '13 at 11:22
    
You want an antonym for floccinoccinihilipilification. –  Edwin Ashworth May 10 '13 at 12:28
    
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It seems easier to come up with an adjective than a verb. My first thoughts were relevant and pertinent (as in, “These results are relevant because...”), but you're looking for a verb.

There's the verb pertain, which means (according to NOAD):

pertain
(intrans. verb) be appropriate, related, or applicable

and also apply:

apply
(intrans. verb) be applicable or relevant
(trans. verb) bring or put into operation or practical use : the oil industry has failed to apply appropriate standards of care.

So, you might say, “We can apply these results to...”

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signify? That is the word you are after.

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I'd like you to take a moment to compare your answer to J.R.'s and use his as a model to edit yours. –  KitFox May 10 '13 at 12:17
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