give credence to

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give credence to (someone or something)

To make something seem more credible or probable, perhaps by providing additional information or details. You're famous in this field—if you comment this guy's wacky notions, you'll just be giving credence to them. Ultimately, we need an expert to give credence to our findings.
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give credence to someone or something

to consider someone or something as believable or trustworthy. How can you give credence to a person like Henry? I can't give any credence to Donald. He tells lies. Don't give credence to what he says. Please don't give credence to that newspaper article.
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A spokesman for Mr Corbyn said: "Richard Dearlove, who as head of MI6 was involved in the infamous dodgy dossier that helped take us into the disastrous Iraq War, should not be trying to give credence to these entirely false and ridiculous smears.
We should no longer give credence to anything that comes from Senator Leila de Lima as this is from a polluted source, who was accused of drug trafficking by at least 13 witnesses,' Roque said in a statement.
He added that Pakistan strictly adhered to the principle of non-interference in internal affairs of other countries and that it would be ill-advised to give credence to such false, misleading, and self-serving stories.
However, after watching his side book their place in the last four of the Champions League, Ferguson refused to give credence to the reports.
Sources said the photo IDs give credence to intelligence reports that militants were planning attacks on power projects in the country and that they were now trying to infiltrate into India through Nepal.
Years later, from uncertain sources and out of context, Mr Legge drags out a few sentences from the millions of words that were written and spoken at the time, to give credence to his beliefs.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his government would never give credence to dirty plans.
It's not something I put an awful lot of thought into or even give credence to.
Traffic movement on the Sitra causeway is normal, the directorate said, urging citizens not to give credence to such rumours aimed at creating panic among citizens.
IT is difficult to give credence to Jonathan Wright's claim that the BNP is the backbone of the Royal British Legion's Poppy Day Collection.
Even RTE was taken in - flatly refusing to give credence to our revelations exposing the scam last week.
To give credence to the increase the council talk of increased power charges, yet we are told that power charges are shortly to be reduced.
Whilst recognising that your newspaper is "anti" in its stance on onshore wind farms in Northumberland, I still feel it can do better than give credence to aviation industry claims about wind farms being "disastrous" for the environment on the grounds of them indirectly causing more aviation fuel to be consumed than if they weren't built.
Food Industry Tests Techno-Tasters to Judge Flavor: Recent improvements in sensors, and in computer programs able to interpret their highly complex inputs, give credence to the once-discounted idea that machines may someday become the ultimate arbiters of taste.
It is read superbly by Alonso, whose young voice, Mexican accent and nuances give credence to the story.