countersign

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French contresigne

Noun[edit]

countersign (plural countersigns)

  1. a second signature added to a document to affirm the validity of the signature of the first person
  2. The response to a sign or signal.
    Only those who give the countersign may enter the Masonic Lodge.

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countersign (third-person singular simple present countersigns, present participle countersigning, simple past and past participle countersigned)

  1. (transitive) To sign on the opposite side of (an instrument or writing).
  2. (transitive, by extension) to add a second signature to a document, affirming the validity of the signature of another person

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