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English definition of “countenance”

countenance

verb [T]     /ˈkaʊn.tə.nəns/ US  /-t̬ən.əns/ formal
to approve of or give support to something: The school will not countenance bad behaviour.Backing, supporting and defendingDefending and protectingApproving and approvalAccepting and agreeingAccepting and agreeing reluctantly
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