Definition of lend (or give) color to in US English:

lend (or give) color to


  • Make something seem true or probable.

    ‘this lent color and credibility to his defense’
    • ‘The rule of a such a prime minister will always give colour to the image of the prime minister as all-powerful.’
    • ‘The timing of his remarks appears to lend color to the interpretation that his move was reactive rather than proactive.’
    • ‘His high cylindrical crown, triple-wound knotted girdle and long, thin nose lend colour to the suggestion that they were of Iranian origin.’
    • ‘This helped to explain what would otherwise have been inexplicable, and hence lent colour to her evidence about the state of her belief.’