countenance Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"countenance" in British English

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countenancenoun

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.

countenanceverb [T]

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

"countenance" in American English

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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 ​activityacceptable; 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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