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English definition of “countenance”

countenance

verb [T] (APPROVE OF)   /ˈkɑʊn·tən·əns/
to find an activity acceptable; to approve of or give support to something: This school will not countenance lateness.
(Definition of countenance verb (APPROVE OF) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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