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4 definitions found
 for countersign
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Countersign \Coun`ter*sign"\ (-s?n`; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
     Countersigned (-s?nd`); p. pr. & vb. n. Countersigning.]
     [Counter- + sign: cf. F. contresigner.]
     To sign on the opposite side of (an instrument or writing);
     hence, to sign in addition to the signature of a principal or
     superior, in order to attest the authenticity of a writing.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  countersign
      n 1: a secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group;
           "he forgot the password" [syn: password, watchword,
           word, parole, countersign]
      2: a second confirming signature endorsing a document already
         signed [syn: countersignature, countersign]
      v 1: add one's signature to after another's to attest
           authenticity; "You must countersign on this line of the
           contract"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  94 Moby Thesaurus words for "countersign":
     ID card, John Hancock, OK, X, accept, accredit, affirm, amen,
     approve, assure, authenticate, authorize, autograph, avouch, badge,
     calligram, calling card, card, certify, christcross, cipher,
     confirm, cosign, countermark, countersignature, counterstamp,
     credentials, cross, device, dog tag, endorse, endorsement,
     give permission, give the go-ahead, give the imprimatur,
     give thumbs up, guarantee, hand, identification,
     identification badge, identification tag, initial, initials,
     letter of introduction, make a promise, mark, mark of signature,
     monogram, notarize, open sesame, pass, pass on, pass upon,
     password, permit, pledge, plight, press card, promise, ratify,
     rubber stamp, sanction, say amen to, seal, second, secret grip,
     serial number, shibboleth, sigil, sign, sign and seal, sign manual,
     signature, signet, subscribe to, subscription, support, swear,
     swear and affirm, swear to, tessera, token, troth, undersign,
     underwrite, validate, visa, vise, visiting card, vouch, vow,
     warrant, watchword, word
  
  

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