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Difference between Give credence to and Lend credibility to

give credence to something

1. put trust in smth.; believe smth.:

  • The jury gave credence to these claims and awarded Lawrence just compensation.

2. make smth. appear more convincing:

  • This gave credence to the hypothesis that Israel had not shared with Washington all the information.

lend credibility to something— = give credence to something 2:

  • By quoting other writers, you lend credibility and support to your own ideas.