credibility noun

VERB + CREDIBILITY carry, have The certificate has great credibility in France and Germany. | be lacking in, lack | gain, regain The government is desperate to regain credibility with the public. | lose | establish, give, lend Recommendations from two previous clients helped to establish her credibility. Funding from the World Bank lends credibility to the project. | restore | add, enhance The use of computers adds credibility to the forecasts. BBC backing for the scheme will enhance its credibility. | damage, destroy, undermine

CREDIBILITY + VERB suffer The prime minister's credibility suffered in his handling of the crisis.

CREDIBILITY + NOUN gap Newspapers were talking of a credibility gap between her policies and her achievements. | problem Athletics' anti-dope campaigners are faced with a credibility problem.

PREP. ~ among, ~ as her credibility as a witness | ~ for There is little credibility among scientists for the book's claims.