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coun·ter·sign

 (koun′tər-sīn′)
tr.v. coun·ter·signed, coun·ter·sign·ing, coun·ter·signs
To sign (a previously signed document) to vouch for the authenticity of the document.
n.
1. A second or confirming signature on a previously signed document. Also called countersignature.
2.
a. A sign or signal to be given to a sentry in order to obtain passage; a password.
b. A secret sign or signal given in answer to another.
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countersign

vb
(Law) (tr) to sign (a document already signed by another)
n
1. Also called: countersignature the signature so written
2. a secret sign given in response to another sign
3. (Military) chiefly military a password
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coun•ter•sign

(ˈkaʊn tərˌsaɪn)

n.
1. a sign used in reply to another sign.
2. a secret sign or signal that must be given by authorized persons seeking admission into a guarded area.
3. a signature added to another signature, esp. for authentication.
v.t.
4. to sign (a document that has been signed by someone else), esp. in confirmation or authentication.
[1585–95; < Middle French contresigne < Italian contrasegno]
coun`ter•sig′na•ture (-ˈsɪg nə tʃər) n.
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countersign

A secret challenge and its reply. See also challenge; password.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.

countersign


Past participle: countersigned
Gerund: countersigning

Imperative
countersign
countersign
Present
I countersign
you countersign
he/she/it countersigns
we countersign
you countersign
they countersign
Preterite
I countersigned
you countersigned
he/she/it countersigned
we countersigned
you countersigned
they countersigned
Present Continuous
I am countersigning
you are countersigning
he/she/it is countersigning
we are countersigning
you are countersigning
they are countersigning
Present Perfect
I have countersigned
you have countersigned
he/she/it has countersigned
we have countersigned
you have countersigned
they have countersigned
Past Continuous
I was countersigning
you were countersigning
he/she/it was countersigning
we were countersigning
you were countersigning
they were countersigning
Past Perfect
I had countersigned
you had countersigned
he/she/it had countersigned
we had countersigned
you had countersigned
they had countersigned
Future
I will countersign
you will countersign
he/she/it will countersign
we will countersign
you will countersign
they will countersign
Future Perfect
I will have countersigned
you will have countersigned
he/she/it will have countersigned
we will have countersigned
you will have countersigned
they will have countersigned
Future Continuous
I will be countersigning
you will be countersigning
he/she/it will be countersigning
we will be countersigning
you will be countersigning
they will be countersigning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been countersigning
you have been countersigning
he/she/it has been countersigning
we have been countersigning
you have been countersigning
they have been countersigning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been countersigning
you will have been countersigning
he/she/it will have been countersigning
we will have been countersigning
you will have been countersigning
they will have been countersigning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been countersigning
you had been countersigning
he/she/it had been countersigning
we had been countersigning
you had been countersigning
they had been countersigning
Conditional
I would countersign
you would countersign
he/she/it would countersign
we would countersign
you would countersign
they would countersign
Past Conditional
I would have countersigned
you would have countersigned
he/she/it would have countersigned
we would have countersigned
you would have countersigned
they would have countersigned
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.countersign - a secret word or phrase known only to a restricted groupcountersign - a secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group; "he forgot the password"
arcanum, secret - information known only to a special group; "the secret of Cajun cooking"
positive identification - evidence proving that you are who you say you are; evidence establishing that you are among the group of people already known to the system; recognition by the system leads to acceptance; "a system for positive identification can prevent the use of a single identity by several people"
2.countersign - a second confirming signature endorsing a document already signed
signature - your name written in your own handwriting
Verb1.countersign - add one's signature to after another's to attest authenticity; "You must countersign on this line of the contract"
sign - be engaged by a written agreement; "He signed to play the casino on Dec. 18"; "The soprano signed to sing the new opera"
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Translations

countersign

[ˈkaʊntəsaɪn]
A. N (Mil) → contraseña f
B. VTrefrendar
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countersign

[ˈkaʊntərsaɪn] vt [+ document] → contresigner
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countersign

[ˈkaʊntəˌsaɪn] vtcontrofirmare
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
References in classic literature ?
"That is true; but he will read a petition countersigned and presented by me."
A robber doesn't quite like to leave traces of his flight behind him; and, besides, he is not obliged to have his passport countersigned."
If you get it (which you may after a time), that memorial must be entered in that Department, sent to be registered in this Department, sent back to be signed by that Department, sent back to be countersigned by this Department, and then it will begin to be regularly before that Department.
My purpose was a run to Quebec in "Postal Packet 162 or such other as may be appointed"; and the Postmaster-General himself countersigned the order.
Mr Ali further announced that sending of the entries should be responsibility of the individuals concerned and only in case where the names of participants do not appear in the byline, the entry should be countersigned by the competent authority in the publication.
It says: "A small quantity of wine or spirits may be offered to a hospice or other charitable organisation on a rota basis a receipt is signed by a representative of the charity and countersigned by the team member."
"Where there were alterations, returning officer Consolata Muthoni explained that they were countersigned by presiding officers," the court also noted.
We saw also that a staff of the ministry countersigned the receipts which prompted further investigation.
The certificates issued in acute emergency to be countersigned by Clinical Coordinator (EAC) or Deputy Director (OPD)."
'Justice De Castro also countersigned the raffle sheet on the same date and did not pose any objection.
The order comprises two schedules, including a list of companies required to comply with the order as well as a compliance report with the licensing conditions required to be signed by the chief executive/directors and countersigned by the external auditors of the company.