Countersign Coun"ter*sign`, a. 1. The signature of a secretary or other officer to a writing signed by a principal or superior, to attest its authenticity. [1913 Webster]

2. (Mil.) A private signal, word, or phrase, which must be given in order to pass a sentry; a watchword. [1913 Webster]

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  • countersign — [[t]ka͟ʊntə(r)saɪn[/t]] countersigns, countersigning, countersigned VERB If you countersign a document, you sign it after someone else has signed it. [V n] The President has so far refused to countersign the Prime Minister s desperate decree...… …   English dictionary

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