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"countenance" in British English

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countenancenoun

uk   /ˈkaʊn.tən.əns/ us   /ˈkaʊn.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.

countenanceverb [T]

uk   /ˈkaʊn.tən.əns/ us   /ˈkaʊn.t̬ən.əns/ formal
to approve of or give support to something: The school will not countenance bad behaviour.
(Definition of countenance from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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countenancenoun [C/U]

us   /ˈkɑʊn·tən·əns/
  • countenance noun [C/U] (FACE)

literature the appearance or expression of someone’s face: [C] Her countenance masked her feelings.

countenanceverb [T]

us   /ˈkɑʊn·tən·əns/
  • countenance verb [T] (APPROVE OF)

to find an activity acceptable; to approve of or give support to something: This school will not countenance lateness.
(Definition of countenance from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “countenance”
in Spanish semblante, rostro…
in Vietnamese nét mặt…
in Malaysian air muka…
in Thai สีหน้า…
in French mine…
in German der Gesichtsausdruck…
in Chinese (Simplified) 脸, 面容, 脸色…
in Turkish birinin yüzünün görünüşü ve ifadesi, yüz, çehre…
in Russian выражение лица…
in Indonesian (air) muka…
in Chinese (Traditional) 臉, 面容, 臉色…
in Polish oblicze…
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