give credence to (someone or something)

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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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On the occasion that rumors or speculation appear on The Fly's news feed, it should be viewed not as giving credence to the conjecture, rather as simply highlighting its impact on the stock prices of the companies involved.
'As bishop of Caloocan, I sincerely wish the PNP could give more time and effort [to] investigating the truth behind these killings than giving credence to the lies now being peddled by a certain Peter Advincula, alias 'Bikoy,'' David said.
Examining unions played an essential part in setting standards and giving credence to professionally organised schemes of learning.
Al Ahbabi said: "We are delighted to be recognised with these awards, giving credence to our effective innovative approach to Shari'ah compliant banking."
Before giving credence to such synthetic protests, voters might care to ask why the Government keeps pumping millions into the wasteful demolition schemes that scar Victorian neighbourhoods adjoining the city centre, when resources are so scarce that basic services are now being removed across the city.
A spokeswoman for parents Gerry and Kate McCann say they were not giving credence to the claims at this stage.
The team should have ruled out the idea from the start, because their presence is giving credence to president Robert Mugabe's evil regime.
Sanders said that he understood Golden's and other senators' reluctance to support the UN, giving credence to their critiques of the international peacekeeping organization.
A complete index and list of notes follow his observations, giving credence to his beliefs.
Unfortunately, by giving credence to theistic evolution, he weakens his presentation as well as calling into question Jesus' and the New Testament writers' acceptance of the historical essentials of Genesis 11, and scripture in general.
A new examination of forensic documents that includes a drawing of the crime scene and first hand testimony, giving credence to Packer's version of the incident.
They understand that fame, fortune, and professional success alone do not guarantee wealth--there are too many "riches-to-rags" morality tales of top athletes and entertainers filing for bankruptcy protection and facing poverty to continue giving credence to that myth.
So maybe they didn't actually raise the roof, and perhaps the earth didn't exactly move, but on Wednesday evening in the NEC Arena, Pulp delivered a tight, professional and highly enjoyable concert, once again giving credence to rumours that they might b e the best live act in the country.
He is in charge, even overbearingly so, transforming his near-death experience at the hands of Valerie Solanas into another publicity stunt (and giving credence to his nickname "Drella," a portmanteau of Dracula and Cinderella).
There are a few slips, as in giving credence to propagandistic claims - refuted by historians such as Yehoshua Porath of Hebrew University - that a substantial part of the Arab Palestinian population was made up of immigrants from other Arab countries who were attracted by opportunities opened up by Zionist settlers (which, if true, he says, would make the "later displacement...less onerous") (p.