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 countenance countenance

noun

  • () the appearance conveyed by a person's face  ( visage, countenance )
    the appearance conveyed by a person's face
     a pleasant countenance
    a pleasant countenance
     a stern visage
    a stern visage
  • () the human face (kisser' and smiler' and mug' are informal terms for face' and phiz' is British)  ( kisser, mug, phiz, smiler, countenance, visage, physiognomy )
    the human face (kisser' and smiler' and mug' are informal terms for face' and phiz' is British)
  • () formal and explicit approval  ( endorsement, indorsement, warrant, countenance, imprimatur, sanction )
    formal and explicit approval
     a Democrat usually gets the union's endorsement
    a Democrat usually gets the union's endorsement
  • verb

  • consent to, give permission  ( countenance, let, allow, permit )
    consent to, give permission
     She permitted her son to visit her estranged husband
    She permitted her son to visit her estranged husband
     I won't let the police search her basement
    I won't let the police search her basement
     I cannot allow you to see your exam
    I cannot allow you to see your exam