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Inflections of ' ' ( countenance ): ( v ⇒ conjugate) countenances v 3rd person singular countenancing v pres p verb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing." countenanced v past verb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed." countenanced v past p verb, 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 ]
appearance, esp. the expression of the face: a sad countenance.
the face itself: I was happy to see your countenance. v.
[~ + object ]
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
(koun ′tn əns), USA pronunciation n., v., -nanced, -nanc•ing. n.
appearance, esp. the look or expression of the face: a sad countenance.
the face; visage.
calm facial expression; composure.
approval or favor; encouragement; moral support.
bearing; [Obs. ] behavior.
Idioms out of countenance, visibly disconcerted; abashed: He was somewhat out of countenance at the prospect of an apology. v.t.
to permit or tolerate: You should not have countenanced his rudeness. to approve, support, or encourage.
coun ′te•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 See corresponding entry in Unabridged face.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
countenance / ˈkaʊntɪnəns/ n the face, esp when considered as expressing a person's character or mood support or encouragement; sanction composure; self-control (esp in the phrases keep or lose one's countenance; out of countenance) vb ( transitive) to support or encourage; sanction to tolerate; endure Etymology: 13 th Century: from Old French contenance mien, behaviour, from Latin continentia restraint, control; see contain ˈcountenancer n
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