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The inscription of one's name at the end of a writing, done by a secretary or a subordinate, to attest to the fact that such a writing has been signed by a principal or a superior, thereby vouching for the genuineness of the signature. To write one's name at the end of a document—in addition to the inscription of a name by another—to attest to the authenticity of the signature.


verb certify, confirm, corroborate, execute, ratify, sanction, second, support
See also: attest, certify, confirm, corroborate, cosign, indorse, trademark, underwrite, witness


to sign (a document already signed by another).

COUNTERSIGN. To countersign is to sign on the opposite side of an instrument already signed by some other person or officer, in order to secure its character of a genuine paper; as a bank note is signed by the president and countersigned by the cashier.

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But what are the landlord's alternatives to countersigning any agreement?
My second thought was that the type of audit recommendations quoted, that Awema were allegedly in breach of, would probably cover a vast number of smaller organisations in the UK (eg that there was no written limit on the amount a countersigning officer could authorise on a purchase request.
Lawrence was signing copies of his new book, The Rise and Fall of Tenby Races and, with Francis countersigning copies, the event was a great success.