countenance

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Inflections of 'countenance' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
countenances
v 3rd person singular
countenancing
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
countenanced
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
countenanced
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
coun•te•nance /ˈkaʊntənəns/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  -nanced, -nanc•ing. 
n. [countable]
  1. appearance, esp. the expression of the face: a sad countenance.
  2. the face itself:I was happy to see your countenance.

v. [+ object]
  1. to permit or tolerate;
    approve;
    allow:I won't countenance that kind of language in the house.
coun•te•nanc•er, n. [countable]See -tent-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
coun•te•nance  (kountn əns),USA pronunciation n., v.,  -nanced, -nanc•ing. 
n. 
  1. appearance, esp. the look or expression of the face:a sad countenance.
  2. the face;
    visage.
  3. calm facial expression;
    composure.
  4. approval or favor;
    encouragement;
    moral support.
  5. [Obs.]bearing;
    behavior.
  6. Idiomsout of countenance, visibly disconcerted;
    abashed:He was somewhat out of countenance at the prospect of an apology.

v.t. 
  1. to permit or tolerate:You should not have countenanced his rudeness.
  2. to approve, support, or encourage.
counte•nanc′er, n. 
  • Latin continentia; see continence
  • Anglo-French cuntena(u)nce, Old French contenance
  • Middle English cuntenaunce behavior, bearing, self-control 1250–1300
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  face. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
countenance /ˈkaʊntɪnəns/ n
  1. the face, esp when considered as expressing a person's character or mood
  2. support or encouragement; sanction
  3. composure; self-control (esp in the phrases keep or lose one's countenance; out of countenance)
vb (transitive)
  1. to support or encourage; sanction
  2. to tolerate; endure
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French contenance mien, behaviour, from Latin continentia restraint, control; see contain

ˈcountenancer n
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