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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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Implementing agencies should use existing DSAMS Management Flags or establish new Management Flags to provide notification, as a minimum, when documents have been countersigned by DSCA (Milestone -- DCSGN), returned from DSCA (Milestone -- DDOCRTN), or rejected from DSCA (Milestone -- DCSGNRJ).
A Home Office spokeswoman said if information was false, it was unlikely to make a passport invalid but the person who countersigned the form and photos could face criminal prosecution for fraud.
This print is one of a numbered run of 500 copies signed by the artist, and countersigned by Wing Commander Derek Martin, OBE, who in September 1940 flew the actual T9044 on its delivery flight from RAF Pembroke Dock to Oban, on Scotland's west coast.
OTC Bulletin Board: JRSE) has received notification from its licensee Serrato Europe and Agents that the issuance of the formal CE-Mark license is imminent and is expected to be countersigned by the health authorities within a few days.
Entries must be countersigned by a parent or guardian.
The script, signed and titled by Lennon and countersigned by his wife Yoko Ono in 1969, has the swear word arranged in seven columns with "you" at the centre of the middle column.
The estate tendered a subscription agreement and down payment which was not countersigned by sponsor but held.
Under the terms of the countersigned December 22nd letter, CIF has now agreed to deliver to the Company on or before January 25, 2001 "written binding commitment(s)" or "definitive agreements" from one or more third parties sufficient to provide CIF with the financing necessary to consummate the transaction, as well as the written consent to the merger transaction, including the financing, by a sufficient number of the holders of the Company's senior unsecured notes due July 2002.
Osaisai countersigned the draft of Intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in development, construction, operation and decommissioning of multifunctional nuclear research center in the territory of Nigeria.
Pupils will only be able to get them back the following Friday, but only on production of a letter from a parent, countersigned by a school official.
But the DAO objected that invalidation certificate was not countersigned by DG Health Services Punjab.
In addition to the interview and completing the application form, applicants need a birth certificate, two identical photographs one of which has to be countersigned, and the fee.