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countenance

noun uk   /ˈkaʊn.tə.nəns/ us    /-t̬ən.əns/ formal

countenance noun (FACE)

[C or U] the appearance or expression of someone's face: He was of noble countenance.

countenance noun (APPROVAL)

[U] approval: We will not give/lend countenance to any kind of terrorism.

countenance

verb [T] uk   /ˈkaʊn.tə.nəns/ us    /-t̬ən.əns/ formal
to approve of or give support to something: The school will not countenance bad behaviour.
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