English

Definition of countenance verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

countenance

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈkaʊntənəns//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊntənəns//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they countenance
BrE BrE//ˈkaʊntənəns//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊntənəns//
 
he / she / it countenances
BrE BrE//ˈkaʊntənənsɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊntənənsɪz//
 
past simple countenanced
BrE BrE//ˈkaʊntənənst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊntənənst//
 
past participle countenanced
BrE BrE//ˈkaʊntənənst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊntənənst//
 
-ing form countenancing
BrE BrE//ˈkaʊntənənsɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊntənənsɪŋ//
 
 
jump to other results
countenance something | countenance (somebody) doing something (formal) to support something or agree to something happening synonym consent to The committee refused to countenance his proposals. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French contenance ‘bearing, behaviour’, from contenir, from Latin continere, from con- ‘altogether’ + tenere ‘to hold’. The early sense was ‘bearing, demeanour’, also ‘facial expression’, hence ‘the face’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: countenance

Other results

All matches