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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 coun·te·nance /ˈkaʊntṇən(t)s, ˈkaʊntnən(t)s/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Coun·te·nance n.
 1. Appearance or expression of the face; look; aspect; mien.
 So spake the Son, and into terror changed
 His countenance.   --Milton.
 2. The face; the features.
    In countenance somewhat doth resemble you.   --Shak.
 3. Approving or encouraging aspect of face; hence, favor, good will, support; aid; encouragement.
    Thou hast made him . . . glad with thy countenance.   --Ps. xxi. 6.
    This is the magistrate's peculiar province, to give countenance to piety and virtue, and to rebuke vice.   --Atterbury.
 4. Superficial appearance; show; pretense. [Obs.]
    The election being done, he made countenance of great discontent thereat.   --Ascham.
 In countenance, in an assured condition or aspect; free from shame or dismay. “It puts the learned in countenance, and gives them a place among the fashionable part of mankind.” --Addison.
 Out of countenance, not bold or assured; confounded; abashed. “Their best friends were out of countenance, because they found that the imputations . . . were well grounded.” --Clarendon.
 To keep the countenance, to preserve a composed or natural look, undisturbed by passion or emotion. --Swift.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Coun·te·nance v. t. [imp. & p. p. Countenanced p. pr. & vb. n. Countenancing.]
 1. To encourage; to favor; to approve; to aid; to abet.
    This conceit, though countenanced by learned men, is not made out either by experience or reason.   --Sir T. Browne.
    Error supports custom, custom countenances error.   --Milton.
 2. To make a show of; to pretend. [Obs.]
    Which to these ladies love did countenance.   --Spenser.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: the appearance conveyed by a person's face; "a pleasant
           countenance"; "a stern visage" [syn: visage]
      2: formal and explicit approval; "a Democrat usually gets the
         union's endorsement" [syn: sanction, endorsement, indorsement,
          warrant, imprimatur]
      3: the human face (`kisser' and `smiler' and `mug' are informal
         terms for `face' and `phiz' is British) [syn: physiognomy,
          phiz, visage, kisser, smiler, mug]
      v : consent to, give permission; "She permitted her son to visit
          her estranged husband"; "I won't let the police search
          her basement"; "I cannot allow you to see your exam"
          [syn: permit, allow, let] [ant: forbid, forbid]