give credence to

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."
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Ryanair's Darrell Hughes said: "We are disappointed that your committee would give credence to inaccurate content, false claims and sensationalist reportage."
This individual's comments give credence to the Thatcher adage that 'nobody with a conscience ever voted Conservative.' This person needs to hope that when the bell tolls for them, and it will, that somebody with their lack of morals does not sit in judgement on them.
The allegations could also be an attempt to give credence to otherwise baseless allegations that have been propagated by some governments and separatist elements with the support of some international media organisations, the army official added.
I mean, as an atheist, presumably, Eddie has already rejected Jesus as his personal saviour, so why does he continue to give credence to the teachings of the Lord?
Her rationale is simply that she has been in the acting business for a much longer time than they have been and her contributions to the numerous dramas she took part in give credence to the fact that her name deserves to be listed first.
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.
There were too many supporting roles to mention them all, but Jaimie Szostak as the Wicked Witch of the West give credence to the saying 'there are no small parts on the stage' by acting out a nasty horrible character, and as the poor misguided Wizard, Max Taylor completed an excellent cast.
IN respect of the status of engineers, given that Lord Sugar introduced a public telephone e-mail combination device in 2004 (which bombed without a trace) and at about the same time pronounced that Apple's iPod would fail dismally, I don't think that, with the best will in the world, we should give credence to his opinion on any subject.
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.
PUNTERS who give credence to theories that seek to convey meaning to coincidental patterns may want to give Nomecheki a swerve at Lingfield today.